On Media Report that "WHO complained about China's lack of transparency" MFA: "The report has no truth in it"

On 3 June, MFA Spokesperson Zhao Lijian dismissed US media report that the WHO "complained about China's lack of transparency back in January", and said that "the report has no truth in it".

Zhao stated during Wednesday's regular press briefing that China notified the WHO and other countries of "pneumonia cases of unknown cause" as early as 3 January when the pathogen of the disease was still unclear. China's Center for Disease Control isolated virus strains on 7 January and notified the WHO and relevant countries on 9 January after experts' review. On 12 January, after science-based and meticulous verification, China officially notified the WHO of the genome sequence and uploaded the information to the organization's global data sharing platform. Zhao said, "China's record of COVID-19 response is there for the world to see, with a clear timeline and solid facts that will stand the test of time and history."

Zhao stressed that since COVID-19 began, China has acted in an open, transparent and responsible manner, and maintained good communication and close cooperation with the WHO and its China Office. Going forward, China will continue to support with concrete actions the WHO's leading role in the global fight against COVID-19, and continue to combat the virus together with the WHO and the rest of the international community, so as to safeguard global public health security.

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