Silent For Too Long

When a medical team from the World Health Organization (WHO) met with China's Vice Premier Wu Yi on April 9, members hoped they had found an ally in their efforts to get bureaucrats to come clean on the extent of the mainland's SARS epidemic. The Communist Party's most senior woman, Wu is a tough, gray-haired former trade negotiator, and she understood that the free exchange of information on the disease, believed to have originated in China, could help WHO investigators prevent a global pandemic. Wu said she had personally dispatched crews to two...

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