UN officials praise openness of Beijing – Mary Ann Benitez

From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media:

The mainland has been honest with the international community about its latest outbreaks of , a policy vital to global efforts to avert a threatened human pandemic, top UN health officials said.

Concerns have been raised over the transparency of disease outbreaks on the mainland, particularly after Sars in 2003, when secrecy allowed its spread to Hong Kong and other countries, killing 774 people worldwide.

Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, the World Health Organisation’s top flu pandemic official, said the global community was engaging China, and it had shown a willingness to be a major player.

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