A member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force said the Chinese regime misled the world months ago when it said that the virus was only spread through animal-to-human transmission even though there were numerous cases of human-to-human transmission.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious diseases expert in the United States, said that after the pandemic subsides, the United States will investigate the early claims made by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“[W]hen we finally did get the virus here, it [became] clear that when we started looking [at what] was going on, [there] was misinformation right from the beginning,” Fauci told Fox News on Saturday. “So whose ever fault that was, you know, we’re gonna go back and take a look at that when this is all over.”
Fauci added that “clearly, it was not the right information that was given to us” by the CCP.
“The end result was that early on we did not get correct information and the incorrect information was propagated right from the beginning because, you know, when the first cases came out that were identified, I think on Dec. 31 in China, and we became aware of this,” Fauci said. “They said this was just animal to human, period. Now, we know retrospectively that there was ongoing transmission from human to human in China, probably at least a few weeks before then.”
The CCP virus was actually a highly contagious disease that was being seeded by Chinese travelers in mid-January to Europe and the United States.
“When it became clear that not only is it transmitted efficiently from human to human, but that it was very, very contagious in the sense of easily transmittable, and it also had a high degree of morbidity and mortality. At that point, it became very clear that we were in for a problem because we were getting travel cases from China,” Fauci added. “And even though we cut off the Chinese pretty quickly, once it seeded in this country, then it does what any highly transmissible virus does. So there’s nothing inconsistent about the information we had.”
His remarks come about a day after reports said China’s Heilongjiang Province is now preparing thousands of hospital beds in anticipation of a surge in CCP virus patients.
“Does everyone know how serious this is?” a neighborhood officer in the border city of Suifenhe said on social media. “You have no idea who’s got it and who has not … having no symptoms is even scarier,” referring to asymptomatic infections.
Suifenhe’s hotels have shut their doors, according to a local resident who gave his surname, Li. Some people who recently came back from Moscow were quarantined in local sports arenas, one local resident told The Epoch Times.