Fled from Hong Kong to USA virologist told the "truth" about COVID-19

Fled to the United States virologist from Hong Kong Lee man Yan said in an interview with U.S. television channel Fox News that the Chinese authorities allegedly found out about the coronavirus long before I reported it.

According to Yan, in 2019, she was one of the first scientists in the world engaged in the study of the novel coronavirus. A virologist told me that he had received from his supervisor at reference laboratory of the world health organization (who) Dr. Leo Pune assignment study a sample of cases similar to SARS (atypical pneumonia. – approx. ed.).

However, she said that her friend, a researcher from the Center for control and prevention of diseases allegedly December 31, - before the Chinese authorities and the who have recognized that this way of transmission is possible - told her that the virus can be transmitted from person to person.

According to Yang, her managers allegedly ignored ongoing research. She also alleges that co-Director of the reference laboratory of the who Professor Malik Peiris knew about the situation, but took no action.

As noted by Fox News, who has rejected charges of concealing information, saying that Yan POON and Peiris never worked directly on this organization.

While at the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. told Fox News that don't know anything about Yang. "We never heard anything about this woman. Immediately after the beginning of the epidemic, the Chinese government responded to the outbreak COVID-19 quickly and effectively", — stated in the email of the Embassy.

The US government, including President Donald trump, regularly accuse China of failing to contain the spread of coronavirus, concealment of facts, ill-timed reactions. The American President also accused the who of concealing the extent of the epidemic of coronavirus in China's interest. The day before trump sent Congress formal notice of U.S. withdrawal from the organization.

The Chinese authorities have repeatedly stated that Beijing from the beginning followed an open and responsible position regarding the publication of data on coronavirus infection. The Chinese foreign Ministry called the decision by trump to break off relations with the who selfishness and evasion of responsibility. The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova also said that unfounded attacks and attempts of some Western countries impose on China and who all the responsibility for the pandemic COVID-19 is absolutely inappropriate.

The Chinese authorities on 31 December 2019, informed the world health organization about the outbreak of an unknown pneumonia in Wuhan in the Central part of the country (Hubei province). Experts have established that the causative agent is a new coronavirus, later on infection has received the official name COVID-19. March 11, the who declared the outbreak of novel coronavirus infection pandemic. According to the organization, in the world, it revealed more than 12 million infections, more than 551 thousand people died.

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