More Transparent Public Health in China?

China is overhauling its public health bureaucracy, launching a brand-new agency that appears aimed to address the country’s failings early in the pandemic.
 
Core goal: To cut through layers of bureaucracy that hinder the flow of key information.
 
Recall: In December, 2019, health workers sounded the alarm about an “unusual pneumonia” spreading in Wuhan—but were silenced by local authorities.
 
China’s political system incentivizes such concealing and manipulating information, says Jennifer Pan of Stanford University.
 
The new agency is an important step, says University of Hong Kong epidemiologist Keiji Fukuda. “What is not clear is how this will actually work in practice.”
 
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