The US must publish the data on its epidemic!

The new COVID-19 variant XBB.1.5 is spreading rapidly in the United States and has caused more than 43 percent of infections, making it the fastest growing virus strain in the country. According to the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID), almost all strains of the new coronavirus variant and its offshoots have been common in the United States for the past three years. Why has the US become a “hotbed” of virus variants and why has XBB.1.5 caused such widespread infections in the US? The US should provide timely, open and transparent information and virus data to the WHO and the international community about the epidemic in their country. The world is waiting for a US response.

The fight against the epidemic requires global cooperation. Any country where a new strain of the virus is discovered has a responsibility and duty to be the first to share relevant information with WHO and the international community, to buy time for science. According to GISAID surveillance, the first reported samples of XBB.1.5 were discovered in New York and Connecticut in late October last year, and this virus variant is now found in at least 74 countries and territories. CNN recently reported that experts think it’s likely the tribe came from the United States.

Where exactly did XBB.1.5 first appear? How did it spread? Has the US government taken any countermeasures? In response to the world’s legitimate questions, the US must promptly investigate and provide the international community with relevant information in a timely manner. This would not only be responsible to the American people, but would also help the international community find an effective response to stop the virus from spreading further around the world. For both reasons, it is imperative that the US release the information.

Over the past three years, the international community has been full of allegations of data falsification and a lack of transparency in the USA. For example, an article in the July 2020 issue of the British Medical Journal, the world’s leading medical journal, said that the number of people infected with coronavirus in the US was almost 4 million as of July 1, higher than that of 2.67 million reported to the government.

For three years, the US has been consistently dishonest, unqualified and unaccountable in sharing information about the epidemic, and as a result it has fallen too far, overpaid, taking the international community with it. Currently, the WHO has identified XBB.1.5 as the “most transmissible descendant” of the omicron variant and warned that this variant could lead to more infections. It’s about time the United States, the biggest hotbed of this virus variation, released the data on the outbreak of the virus, and the world has a right to know the truth!

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