The leader of China’s leading health authority said he understood and accepted the criticisms of Covid-19, but still defended Beijing.
“With such a large epidemic in China and the world, it is normal for public criticism,” Cao Phuc, director of the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters. members of parliamentary session in Beijing today. “We humbly accept this.”
China’s CDC director acknowledged that the agency should improve its disease reporting mechanism and address serious talent shortages. However, Mr. Cao still thinks that China’s response to this pandemic is “good” compared to other countries, because they are the first country to respond to the epidemic and there is no model to refer to.
“I hope the public can give scientists more time to learn about this virus,” Cao said, regarding the fact that Chinese scientists have yet to identify the mechanism of infection. people of nCoV. He said that the competition between countries to develop global vaccines is “positive”.
More than 210 countries and territories have appeared Covid-19, after the outbreak broke out in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, leaving more than 5.3 million infected, nearly 341,000 dead. China reported 82,971 infections and 4,634 deaths due to the epidemic. The number of new infections in the new Chinese community has dropped sharply since March.
Mai Lam (Follow Reuters)