Health Secretary Azar Contrasts Taiwan and China’s Pandemic Response During Taiwan Visit
Date: August 12, 2020
By: Frank Fang
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar (L) speaks as Taiwans Deputy Premier Shen Jong-chin (R) listens during a visit of a mask factory in the Wugu district in New Taipei City on August 12, 2020. – Azar is in Taipei for a three-day visit. (Photo by Pei Chen / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PEI CHEN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
TAIPEI, Taiwan—U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar directed more criticism toward the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over its mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak, on the final day of his four-day visit to Taiwan.
Compared to Taiwan’s transparent information-sharing, the Chinese regime showed “failure to share viral isolates from the initial [COVID-19] cases; the failure to disclose rapid human-to-human transmission; failure to disclose asymptomatic transmission; failure to allow in external experts to learn about the disease,” said Azar on Aug. 12, hours before he and his delegation departed Taiwan.
Azar made the remarks during a telephone briefing with journalists that was hosted by the U.S. State Department of State’s Asia Pacific Media Hub in Manila. [FULL STORY]