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US public needs to know truth of Chinese 'whistleblower'

XINHUA: The role of Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist with the Central Hospital of Wuhan who warned of a potential outbreak, 'has been distorted without regard for fact,' a faculty member at Yale University wrote in an article published by Project Syndicate on May 17.

Stephen Roach, also former chairperson of Morgan Stanley Asia, wrote 'the first Chinese doctor to report the novel coronavirus was not Li, but Zhang Jixian," a doctor in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

On December 27, 2019, three cases of pneumonia of unknown cause were immediately reported by Zhang after she received the patients, the first reporting of suspected cases of a new disease by local authorities in China.

Three days later, Li posted in one of his WeChat chat groups text messages including 'seven SARS cases were confirmed at Huanan fruits and seafood market', a photo and a video clip.

"President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have fanned the flames by accusing China of covering up the outbreak and knowingly allowing the novel coronavirus to spread," said Roach. "But their supposed smoking gun, the tragic fate of the heroic whistle-blower, Li Wenliang, fires only blanks."

"Contrary to the Western narrative, the initial response of (China's) local authorities was prompt, albeit not without error," Roach added, mentioning that on Dec. 30, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission issued internal documents ordering efforts to treat patients with pneumonia of unknown cause.

On Dec. 31, China informed the World Health Organization (WHO) China Country Office of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan. Ends

 

Source : Xinhua

Author : Xinhua

Location : WASHINGTON

Event : interview

Date : May 21 Thu,2020

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