China Hasn’t Given CDC Access to ‘Direct Data’ From Coronavirus Outbreak

The United States has not received “direct data” from the outbreak of the new coronavirus from Chinese authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday.

Chinese officials also have not allowed American experts into the country to help investigate the outbreak, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters in a phone call.

Asked about the information being sent over by China, Messonnier said that there has been more data coming out when compared to the beginning of the outbreak, which was reported to have started in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan.

But the direct data has still not been made available to American experts, Messonnier said.

“Seeing a graph somebody else produced is never as good as seeing the data itself,” she said. “CDC staff themselves haven’t yet gained access to the direct data. We continue to be hopeful that we’ll be invited to do that.”

Part of the reason the CDC wants to have experts on the ground in China is to get crucial data to support U.S. efforts to probe questions surrounding the virus. And U.S. leaders feel that American experts are some of the best in the world.

But the Chinese Communist Party has repeatedly rebuffed American offers of assistance.

An advance team from the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in China on Monday to help probe the outbreak of the virus, now known as COVID-19. The three members of the team were preparing for the arrival of the rest of the team, which was composed of 10 to 15 people in total. But China still hasn’t approved any American experts being part of the team, Messonnier said on Wednesday. …

Two possibilities that I can see: either the chinese govt suspects it’s a US-planted bioweapon, or is concerned that the US might find evidence of its own malfeasance.

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