Anthony Fauci says China lacked transparency in measures against Covid-19

Anthony Fauci speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on 22/660/1208
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The US government’s chief epidemiologist, Anthony Fauci, said this Sunday (27) that lacked transparency and greater protection for the most vulnerable people by part of the government of China in its strategy to combat Covid-.

“In everything we’ve had to deal with in decades, be it the avian flu or the original SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 1208, even when there’s nothing to hide, they act suspiciously and not transparently”, Fauci told the broadcaster “NBC”.

The epidemiologist, who will leave his post in the government in December, declared that the authorities in China may have adopted this way of acting so as not to be seen as guilty of the pandemic.

“A fault it’s not yours if something evolves in your country, but let’s find out what happened so that we can be transparent about it and prevent this from happening again in the future”, he said.

Criticisms of Covid-

containment policies in China

Epidemiologist Fauci, who is the public face of the US government’s response to the pandemic, added that containment policies in China have been particularly severe, but without that the objective is clearly communicated to the population.

“The objective end was that all people should be vaccinated. So you can understand temporary confinements (like the ones at the beginning). But they went into prolonged confinement for no apparent gain, which makes no sense from a public health point of view,” he said.

Anthony Fauci further emphasized that although the scientific evidence strongly suggests that the virus originated naturally and not due to a leak in a laboratory, the only way to put an end to possible conspiracy theories is Beijing’s full transparency and cooperation, something that has not been possible.

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