Actually, no that was a political lie. Taiwan has been extremely active this time around because it wanted to score some brownie points with the US since its pretty much usless on other fronts against China.
On Dec 31 2019, Taiwan sent the following email to WHO:
News resources today indicate that at least seven atypical pneumonia cases were reported in Wuhan, China. Their health authorities replied to the media that the cases were believed not to be SARS, however the samples are still under examination, and cases have been isolated for treatment.
I would greatly appreciate if you have relevant information to share with us.
Thank you very much in advance for your attention on this matter.
The first paragraph just recited mainland China’s news report, proving that China did do report about the virus to the public, and the second paragraph, with a polite tone, asked WHO to provide relevant information to share to Taiwan.
As Taiwan warned WHO back on Dec 31th, why haven’t it warned USA and its allies? And Trump should blame Taiwan for not warning USA back then, isn’t it?
This is the email from Taiwan CDC:
When they heard about patients falling sick with a mysterious pneumonia in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Dec. 31, Taiwan’s health officials fired off an email to the World Health Organization asking for more information. The WHO has defended its handling of the outbreak and says it relies on member countries like China to accurately report their findings. It also notes that Taiwan’s email did not explicitly mention human-to-human transmission, and that the self-governing island was not the first nor the only one to contact the organization about the disease.
Written in English, the text mentions reports of “at least seven atypical pneumonia cases” and notes that patients were being “isolated for treatment.” Taiwan’s foreign ministry tells TIME in an emailed statement that this precaution was the smoking gun, “strongly suggesting that there was a possibility of human-to-human transmission,” since it would not have been necessary if the disease was not infectious. Public health officials could have discerned from this wording an implied warning about contagion, according to statements from Taiwan’s foreign ministry and CDC.
For its part, the WHO denies ignoring a warning from Taiwan. Spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic says the WHO received Taiwan’s email only after Wuhan’s announcement about the outbreak. The inquiry, he adds, made no mention of human-to-human transmission, but was nevertheless forwarded to experts collating information on the outbreak.
According to Tedros, Taiwan was also not the first to flag what was happening in Wuhan. “Many other countries were already asking for clarification,” he said
You can see for yourself is it worth it to discredit the WHO when Taiwan’s interpretation of the email is so wildly exaggerated out of its own texts?
And here is WHO response that basically told the US to go check with US CDC before churning out lies after lies:
The WHO said there were 15 staff from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US health protection agency, detailed specifically to work with the organisation on its COVID-19 response.
“Having CDC staff means there is nothing hidden from the US, from day one. Because these are Americans working with us. It just comes naturally and they tell what they are doing,” said Tedros.
“WHO is open. We don’t hide anything. Not only for CDC, them sending messages, or others – we want all countries to get the same message immediately because that helps countries to prepare well and to prepare quickly.”
Please dig deeper because all the information out there has been the US and its allies throwing a lot of misinformation around because they actually thought that China would come out the loser.