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The Communist Chinese government hasn’t been honest about much when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic the country spawned, including where the disease originated.
But based on early reporting, the virus originated from one of the country’s open-air “wet markets,” where live animals including exotic species like bats are slaughtered and served to customers, all in the same location.
As global pressure mounts on China to close the markets, a familiar ally of the communist Chinese government — the World Health Organization — is stepping up to defend Beijing once again.
A spokesman for the global health agency told Fox News that while WHO believes such markets ought to be “well regulated and managed,” they are nevertheless “key” to ensuring many Chinese have “food security.”
WHO “shares the concern about diseases, such as coronaviruses, that can pass between animals and humans, and strongly supports the implementation of measures to minimize any potential risk of transmission,” the spokesman said.
However, “WHO also recognizes that food markets are key for people’s food security — they are the main source of affordable vegetables and fruit, seafood, poultry and meat for many in Asia,” the spokesman continued.
“WHO maintains that governments should rigorously enforce bans on the illegal trade and sale of wildlife for food, and for appropriate resources and attention to be given to ensuring food markets are clean, hygienic and safe before consideration can be given to resuming activities.”
Mind you, WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, criticized early travel bans regarding China as the virus began to go global, calling them needless measures that “unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade,” hurting Beijing economically.
And WHO helped the Chinese spread propaganda about how they were ‘handling’ the outbreak so well. As Science Magazine noted March 2:
Chinese hospitals overflowing with COVID-19 patients a few weeks ago now have empty beds. Trials of experimental drugs are having difficulty enrolling enough eligible patients. And the number of new cases reported each day has plummeted the past few weeks.
These are some of the startling observations in a report released on 28 February from a mission organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Chinese government that allowed 13 foreigners to join 12 Chinese scientists on a tour of five cities in China to study the state of the COVID-19 epidemic and the effectiveness of the country’s response.
The global health agency isn’t China’s only cheerleader in terms of keeping wet markets open; some congressional Democrats back the idea, too.
Rep. Sean Casten of Illinois, who has disgustingly blamed American coronavirus deaths on President Donald Trump instead of the CCP, told constituents during a tele-town hall event this week, “I think we need to be careful about laying all the blame on a particular cultural practice in a country that we don’t live in.”
“These viruses could hop from animals to humans, but you don’t shut that down just by shutting down a particular cultural practice that we aren’t familiar with,” he added.
As the Washington Free Beacon noted in a fact-checking moment:
His defense of wet markets, however, contradicts a scientific consensus dating back to 2006 that such markets pose a significant public health risk. While China has restricted the country’s scientists from pinpointing the exact origins of the virus, existing evidence suggests that the virus started in a wet market in Wuhan, China.
The Illinois Democrat has also covered for China as Beijing mishandled the outbreak and lied about its effects.
As for the wet market, Casten’s observation runs afoul of recommendations offered April 2 by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert on the president’s coronavirus task force.
“[They] should shut down those things right away,” he said, referring to the wet markets. “It just boggles my mind that when we have so many diseases that emanate out of that unusual human-animal interface that we don’t just shut it down.”
There is growing evidence, as we have reported, that COVID-19 actually may have originated in a lab located near the Wuhan city wet market. But that said, the last Chinese-borne pandemic — SARS — is believed to have come from one of them.
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