Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2021/02/01

Shenzhen TV: The Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank, recently released a ranking of 98 countries and regions in terms of their anti-epidemic performance. The Chinese mainland was not included in this ranking due to a lack of publicly available data. What is your comment?

Wang Wenbin: Since the outbreak of the epidemic, China has put in place the strictest, professional and efficient information release system, enabling the public to access as much information as possible and as soon as possible. Wuhan City began to release official information on the epidemic in accordance with law on December 31, 2019, and gradually increased the frequency of information release. Since January 3, 2020, China has been in close communication with the WHO and relevant countries and regions through the International Health Regulations and other channels to share information on the epidemic in an open and transparent manner. Starting from January 21, 2020, relevant Chinese departments started to release nationwide epidemic information on a daily basis. Relevant Chinese technical institutions have conducted technical exchanges with more than 180 countries and more than 10 international and regional organizations. In June 2020, China released a white paper titled "Fighting COVID-19: China in Action" , which details in a phased manner the progress of China's fight against the epidemic.

Facts are all we need to determine how a country or region has responded to the pandemic. Putting people and people's life first, China has taken the most comprehensive, most strident and most thorough prevention and control measures. China basically controlled the spread of the virus in more than 1 months' time, capped daily increase of new local cases to single digits in 2 months' time, achieved decisive victory in freeing Wuhan and Hubei from the clutch of the virus in 3 months' time. Facts have proved that under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the prevention and control measures taken by the Chinese government have effectively safeguarded the lives and health of the Chinese people. Findings published in the journal Science, estimate that China's control measures have prevented prevented more than 700,000 infections across the country. An opinion poll in Singapore shows that Chinese people have the highest satisfaction rating for their government's performance in fighting the epidemic.

While ensuring adequate domestic response, China has also been actively participating in and promoting international cooperation in a transparent and responsible attitude. China was the first to report the situation to the WHO, released the genome sequence of the virus, diagnosis and treatment plan, and other key information at the earliest time possible, and has taken various steps to help developing countries access vaccines. We will continue to work with the international community to advance relevant cooperation and make unremitting efforts for an early and complete victory over the pandemic.

 

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