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China's president Xi Jinping 'personally asked WHO to hold back information about human-to-human transmission and delayed the global response by four to six WEEKS' at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, bombshell report claims

  • Der Spiegel published bombshell claims from its Federal Intelligence Service  

  • President Xi 'asked WHO to delay global warning about Covid-19 on January 21' 

  • WHO called the report's shock claims 'unfounded and untrue' in a statement 

A bombshell report claims Chinese President Xi Jinping personally asked World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom to 'delay a global warning' about the threat of COVID-19 during a conversation back in January. Xi Pinping, Presidente da República Popular da China. Foto Credit: Alan Santos/PR, file  licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

Germany's Der Spiegel published the allegations this weekend, citing intelligence from the country's Federal Intelligence Service, known as the 'Bundesnachrichtendienst' (BND). 

According to the BND: 'On January 21, China's leader Xi Jinping asked WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to hold back information about a human-to-human transmission and to delay a pandemic warning. 

'The BND estimates that China's information policy lost four to six weeks to fight the virus worldwide'.

The WHO released a statement shortly after the publication of the shock claims, calling them 'unfounded and untrue'. 

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