The remarks, made Saturday by the Chinese Vice-Minister of Health, come at a time when the United States criticizes Beijing for having concealed information and for having mismanaged the crisis.
The China, the first country affected by the epidemic of the new coronavirus, admitted on Saturday May 9 that the Covid-19 had revealed “gaps” in its health and infectious disease prevention system. “The fight against the Covid-19 epidemic has been a great test for the country's system and governance capacities”, said Li Bin, China's deputy health minister.
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Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, had already used the same vocabulary in February. But the remarks on Saturday come at a time when the United States criticizes Beijing for having concealed information and for having mismanaged the crisis. “It could have been stopped in China”, said Donald Trump in particular, speaking of the epidemic.
The Deputy Minister of Health discussed several ways to improve the Chinese health system, including the creation of a “centralized, unified and efficient command”. He also talked about better use of artificial intelligence and big data to anticipate epidemics. Finally, the ministry is campaigning for an improvement in health laws or “strengthening international cooperation”.
The big city of Wuhan, where the new coronavirus was detected, was particularly badly damaged. The beginning of the crisis was difficult there: caregivers faced with an illness then unknown, overloaded hospitals forced to refuse patients, unavailable tests, undetected patients or lack of equipment.
Several doctors in this town of 11 million inhabitants, who had warned of the appearance of a new virus, had been questioned by the police and accused of spreading “rumors”.