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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, left, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), poses with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for a photo as he arrives for a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)

WHO had previously claimed that Wuhan authorities reported the virus to them. Based on other media reporting, we had reported that China informed the World Health Organization (WHO) on Dec. 31. We noted the interesting coincidence that that date was the same day that Taiwan reported to WHO that they had found evidence that the coronavirus was likely transmissible between human beings. The thought? That maybe they only ultimately came forward because they got nailed by Taiwan, after already hiding it for over a month.

But it was actually even worse that that according to new reports.

Now, WHO has admitted in a quiet change of the timeline of virus events that the Chinese government never reported the virus to them at all.

They never reported it at all. Which means both WHO and China have, once again, been lying to us for months. It also means China may never have intended to report it at all.

From Washington Examiner:

The WHO quietly updated its “Timeline of WHO’s response to COVID-19” on Tuesday following the House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans’ mid-June Interim Report on Origins of COVID-19 Pandemic (led by ranking member and China task force Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas), which concluded that “despite public reporting to the contrary … China never notified the WHO about the outbreak in Wuhan.” The change was spotted by McCaul and first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

“I’m glad to see the WHO and the Chinese Communist Party have both read my interim report on the origins of the pandemic and are finally admitting to the world the truth — the CCP never reported the virus outbreak to the WHO in violation of WHO regulations,” McCaul said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “The question now is whether the CCP will continue their false propaganda campaign that continues to claim they warned the world or whether they will come clean and begin to work with the world health community to get to the bottom of this deadly pandemic.”

So WHO found out from leaks and from Taiwan, not from the Chinese authorities itself.

The previous iteration of the timeline said the “Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, China, reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan.” The updated timeline states that the WHO’s country office in China “picked up a media statement by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission from their website on cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ in Wuhan” and that the WHO’s Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources platform “also picked up a media report on ProMED … about the same cluster of cases of ‘pneumonia of unknown cause’ in Wuhan.”

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sought to downplay the early warnings about the outbreak that Taiwan says it provided to the organization and stressed that the “first report” came from Wuhan, where the outbreak is believed to have originated.

“The first report came from Wuhan, from China itself, so Taiwan was only asking for clarification, and as some people were claiming, Taiwan didn’t report any human-to-human transmission; this has to be clear,” Tedros said in April, adding, “So, the report first came from China — that’s fact number one — from Wuhan itself.”

Which explains why on Jan. 14, China was still lying about the virus not being known to be transmitted human to human. Because they were still trying to cover it up and had never told them to begin with.

It now appears even more important that Taiwan reported it. Because likely that’s what triggered WHO to finally start reporting on it.

Meanwhile all this time and all these months, WHO has been praising China’s transparency and China repeatedly lied about reporting the outbreak to WHO which they never did.

Now with the McCaul report, China has also dropped the claim that they reported it to WHO on Dec. 31.

Can we say again there needs to be a reckoning for the lies and the cover-up here? The massive damage that these lies have caused can likely never be completely calculated. But China needs to answer for this.