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On Sunday, Hajdu was asked by Global News whether, in retrospect, she still believes China was honest and forthcoming about COVID-19.
This in light of her accusing a reporter in April of“feeding into conspiracy theories that many people have been perpetuating on the Internet,” for asking whether data coming from China, relayed by the World Health Organization, could be trusted.
One would have expected Hajdu to have been circumspect in her reply.
This given that two weeks after her crack about feeding Internet conspiracies and vouching for its numbers, China suddenly increased its COVID-19 death count in Wuhan by 50%, amid continuing questions about the accuracy of its national data.
Instead, Hajdu doubled down on defending China, saying “look, very early on China alerted the World Health Organization to the emergence of a novel coronavirus and also shared the sequencing of the gene which allowed countries to be able to rapidly produce tests to be able to detect it in their own countries.”
She said underreporting of COVID-19 deaths is an issue in many countries because “it is difficult when you’re in the middle of a crisis to do that thorough accounting.” Fair point.
But China threatened and arrested doctors in Wuhan who were trying to tell the world the truth about COVID-19 — that it was capable of human transmission — in late December.
Chinese authorities didn’t publicly admit that until Jan. 20 and when they finally locked down Wuhan on Jan. 23, it was already too late to stop its global spread.