Budget 2021

Associate Partners:

  • SMC
  • Samsung
  • Volvo


Budget 2021

Associate Partners:

  • SMCSamsungVolvo
Webinar :Join an expert panel for a webinar on Smart investments for a secure retirement January 28, 2021. Register now!
you are here: HomeNewsWorld

Leaked documents suggest China mishandled COVID-19 situation in early stages: Report

The 117 pages of leaked documents marked "internal document, please keep confidential," from the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention obtained by CNN outlined lowballing COVID-19 data.

December 01, 2020 / 07:59 PM IST

Representative Image

Leaked documents from China suggest the country may have mismanaged the COVID-19 situation in the early stages through misleading public data and delays in diagnosing new cases.

The 117 pages of leaked documents marked "internal document, please keep confidential," from the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention obtained by CNN outlined lowballing COVID-19 data.

The document listed a total of 5,918 newly detected cases on February 10, more than double the official number of confirmed cases on the day, breaking down the total into a variety of subcategories.

The document, which CNN verified via six independent experts, revealed how the region struggled to manage the coronavirus outbreak between October 2019 and April 2020. It showed what appeared to be an inflexible health care system constrained by top-down bureaucracy and rigid procedures that were ill-equipped to deal with the emerging crisis.


COVID-19 Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

View more
How does a vaccine work?

A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

How many types of vaccines are there?

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

View more

Follow our LIVE blog for the latest updates of the novel coronavirus pandemic

The files clearly showed evidence of clear missteps and point to a pattern of institutional failings at several critical moments in the early phase of the pandemic, said the report.

It revealed inconsistencies between what officials knew at the start of the outbreak and what they publicly reported, as per the report.

“It was clear they did make mistakes — and not just mistakes that happen when you are dealing with a novel virus — also bureaucratic and politically-motivated errors in how they handled it,” Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, told the publication.

Since the outbreak of the contagion, its origin has been linked to the wet market in Wuhan. However, battling global adversity over the coronavirus and bracing for a WHO inquiry over its origin, China has recently claimed that just because COVID-19 cases were first reported in Wuhan does not mean the contagion originated from the central Chinese city. The reason for the origin of the virus remains unknown, though.

Follow our full coverage on COVID-19 here.
Moneycontrol News
first published: Dec 1, 2020 12:58 pm

stay updated

Get Daily News on your Browser