The World Health Organization (WHO) now says Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials did not report the CCP virus outbreak late last year to officials at the organization.
WHO officials have said for months that CCP officials disclosed the existence of the outbreak to the WHO and repeatedly praised Chinese authorities for their supposed transparency.
The WHO now says that its office in China “picked up a media statement by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission from their website” on cases of so-called viral pneumonia in the Chinese city.
A previous version of the timeline alleged the health commission “reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province.”
U.S. lawmakers last month said an investigation showed the WHO “enabled the CCP cover-up by failing to investigate and publicize reports conflicting with the official CCP, while at the same time praising the CCP’s response.”
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who led the congressional investigation, said in a statement that he was glad the WHO and CCP “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.”