AEI Analysis: China Failed To Report Nearly 3 Million People Infected With Coronavirus
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak that emanated across the globe from Wuhan, China, the Chinese government has conducted a full-fledged disinformation campaign that includes failing to report the true number of its citizens infected with the virus. The number could be close to 2.9 million, according to a recent report from the American Enterprise Institute
“In early April,” Derek Scissors of AEI wrote in the report, “headlines read that the global figure for COVID-19 cases had breached one million. At the same time, China rejected charges by US intelligence and others that it has lied about the extent of its outbreak.”
Scissors’ report indicates that the “migrant outflow” of more than 5 million people from Wuhan in the weeks before the Chinese government instituted a citywide lockdown allowed the virus to circulate throughout the country. It’s estimated that 1.5-2 million of the people who left Wuhan, left Hubei province entirely at the time. Meanwhile, 465,000 flew to 10 listed cities outside of Hubei.
If the number was less than 5 million people and the infection rate was at 2.3 percent, which are conservative estimates, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases outside of Wuhan would’ve still surpassed what China reported, according to AEI’s report.
“How many cases China is failing to acknowledge is less a matter of the number of initially infected migrants than the days they were in circulation,” Scissors wrote.
After Wuhan closed its borders on January 23, there were already 27,000 cases of the virus from migrants who left Wuhan. Scissors concluded that after looking at the models from Italy and adjusting for China’s population size, the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the country is closer to 3 million. China, however, has reported just over 15,000 cases.
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Foreign Desk News writes:
Cisplatin comes from drugmaker Qilu Pharmaceutical, which is marketed and produced in China but has not been approved by the FDA. According to a May 24 letter, Qilu will work with the Canadian-based drug company Apotex to import and distribute the medication, which will come in 50-milligram vials with Chinese labels.
“The FDA is responding to yet another generic drug shortage,” said Edmund F. Haislmaier, an expert in healthcare policy and markets at The Heritage Foundation. “The underlying cause of those shortages is that generic drugs have become low-margin commodity products,” he added.
Last week on Twitter, FDA commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said the partnership with Qilu Pharmaceutical is temporary but will provide patients with a potentially life-extending drug.
“The public should rest assured that we will continue all efforts within our authority to help the industry that manufactures and distributes these drugs meet all patient needs for the oncology drugs impacted by shortages,” Califf said.
The public should rest assured that we will continue all efforts within our authority to help the industry that manufactures and distributes these drugs meet all patient needs for the oncology drugs impacted by shortages. https://t.co/8XvOuJzSL4
— Dr. Robert M. Califf (@DrCaliff_FDA) June 3, 2023
Foreign Desk News adds:
The latest move by the FDA is sure to spark concern and debate in Congress, as lawmakers in the House and Senate have called on the Biden administration to de-couple the U.S. economy from the Chinese markets, given Beijing’s aggressive push to expand in the South-China Sea and eventually take over the island state of Taiwan. China has also spread illegal and dangerous synthetic opioids and fentanyl drugs across the U.S. southern border, resulting in the devastating deaths of many Americans.
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