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China accuses US of having ‘sour grapes’ for its pandemic response

Beijing has taken a massive swipe at the US and China’s “strict and orderly” pandemic prevention and control policies.

Chinese state media has accused the US of “sour grapes”, over China’s pandemic management strategy, which aims to eliminate Covid from the country.

state media de Global times had a burning editorial stating that “American media like” [news network] CNN just wants to find a way to belittle China’s approaches and success.”

“When it comes to epidemic prevention and control, countries can generally be divided into two categories: China and some other countries,” the editorial said.

“CNN, one of the western media outlets that mispronounces China’s zero-case policy, is now showing its sour grape mentality about justifying China’s strict and orderly epidemic prevention and control policies.

“Instead of saying that China is ‘calm,’ it is better to say that CNN and the like are agitated by the current situation.”

The article was in response to a CNN piece questioning whether China could maintain an elimination strategy in light of the Omicron strain.

“While countries around the world are scrambling to impose travel bans to contain the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, China is outwardly calm — at least for now,” it read.

The US publication also questioned whether a zero-case approach would work, given reports that the new strain could be more transmissible – however, this claim has yet to be confirmed by the World Health Organization.

“How ‘impenetrable’ China’s defenses against new variants are is up for debate, as the Delta variant has repeatedly led to outbreaks in the country – with increasing frequency and duration.”

A steadfast Covid zero, elimination approach

As international borders and restrictions worldwide began to ease ahead of the discovery of the new variant, China has been steadfast in maintaining a Covid-zero, elimination approach.

This strategy included strict travel restrictions between borders, widespread vaccination coverage and a 21-day isolation mandate for inbound travelers, including 14 days in hotel quarantine and an additional seven days in self-isolation.

Doubling China’s hard border policy, the Global times defended the strict approach of the Chinese health authorities.

“Just look at how those Western countries that previously eased restrictions are now being caught off guard by Omicron,” they wrote.

“As the US Covid-19 death toll approaches 800,000 on Monday, how is the media qualified to criticize China’s epidemic prevention and control policies?

“This is just another highly politicized act.”

Currently, neither the US nor China have reported cases of the Omicron variant. However, US President Joe Biden has warned Americans that it is only a matter of time before the species is discovered in the United States.

“Sooner or later we will see cases of this new variant here in the United States,” he said Monday.

“We will have to face this new threat, just as we face those who preceded it,”

He also hinted that the U.S. winter pandemic strategy will likely no longer include “shutdowns or lockdowns,” but will instead focus on “widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing, and more.”

Outside of China, many epidemiologists and health authorities have warned of a possible return to the Covid zero policy.

“Covid zero in the medium to long term is unsustainable,” Australian infectious disease expert, Professor Peter Collignon of the Australian National University Medical School, said. Time. “Delta shows that this is almost impossible.

“It’s hard to imagine how China will be able to get to zero Covid this winter.”

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