Reuters revealed how secrecy had hobbled the nationâ€™s response to African swine fever, an epidemic that has killed millions of pigs. Reuters examination found that swine feverâ€™s swift spread was made possible by Chinaâ€™s systemic under-reporting of outbreaks. And even today, bureaucratic secrecy and perverse policy incentives continue undermining Chinese efforts to defeat one of the worst livestock epidemics in modern history. Beijingâ€™s secretive early handling of the coronavirus epidemic has troubling similarities to its missteps in containing African swine fever, but with the far higher stakes of a human infection.
Reuters Special Report: Before coronavirus, China bungled swine epidemic with secrecy
05 March 2020, 12:00 am. 1 minute