Health secretary says China has rebuffed numerous U.S. offers to send team to help fight coronavirus

by Daniel Payne · Jan 28th, 2020 2:03 pm

The Chinese government has rejected numerous offers from the United States to help fight the rapidly spreading coronavirus in that country, U.S. health officials revealed on Tuesday.

Leaders of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said during a media conference call that the American government first made an offer of assistance on January 6, but that Bejing rebuffed that and further offers. At least 106 Chinese citizens have died from the virus so far and thousands have been reported as infected.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar did note that the Chinese government has released the genetic sequence of the virus to scientists, which enabled U.S. officials to rapidly manufacture a vaccine against the disease.

? The coronavirus has spread worldwide in a relatively short period of time. Health officials in the United States are monitoring at least 110 possible cases.

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