Dep HHS Sec: Early COVID-19 Data ‘probably long gone’
Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan joined “The Sara Carter Show” on Thursday to discuss COVID-19 and Operation Warp Speed. During his interview with host Sara A. Carter, Hargan addressed China’s handling of the virus and said that there’s still so much we don’t know about the origins of its strain.
Hargan explained that although China “did give us the viral sequence in January”, there was still “a lot of dragging of heels on the part of China to be able to allow international observers and researchers to figure out exactly what was going on here.”
“So there’s still there are still a lot of mysteries about the origin of this viral strain, and exactly how it appeared when it appeared,” Hargan said. “And so I think that that’s going to be something that we’re going to be digging into, really, for a long time in the future. But a lot of it, I’m afraid, a lot of the data on the early outbreak is probably long gone.”
The World Health Organization is readying to soon be able to send a team of experts to Wuhan after reportedly months of negotiations with the Chinese government.
Early in the outbreak, many international health experts were barred from entering Wuhan. Additionally, many journalists were also sent out of China and whistleblowers warning about the virus were disappeared.
Despite the Chinese government’s efforts to control information about COVID-19, the Trump administration has been able to successfully move forward with Operation Warp Speed to develop a vaccine. Now, three different vaccines, each with over 90% efficacy, have been approved by the FDA.
With that ongoing success, Hargan predicts that 20 million doses will be given by the end of December, another 30 million by the end of January, and then another 50 million by the end of February. That would mean by February, 100 million Americans will be vaccinated.