China Pledges Reform of Outbreak Reporting After Virus Delays

China will reform its system for disease prevention and control, improving mechanisms for direct and early reporting of outbreaks of infectious disease, said Premier Li Keqiang in an annual policy address on Friday.

The reforms will “ensure prompt, open and transparent release of epidemic information,” said Li, without elaborating on what changes would be made.

The pledge comes amid mounting global criticism that China’s delay in responding to the emergence of Covid-19, and sharing information about the outbreak globally, allowed the pathogen to spread around the world undetected. The coronavirus has now sickened over 5 million people worldwide and killed over 330,000.

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Source:  Bloomberg