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At the end of February, the WHO’s Bruce Aylward set out to learn more about China’s response to the covid-19 outbreak. He tells New Scientist what he discovered. Health 16 March 2020 By Jessica Hamzelou Bruce Aylward led the WHO’s mission to China in FebruaryXing Guangli/Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesEpidemiologist Bruce Aylward is assistant director general of…

At the end of February, the WHO’s Bruce Aylward set out to learn more about China’s response to the covid-19 outbreak. He tells New Scientist what he discovered.



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16 March 2020

By Jessica Hamzelou

Bruce Aylward, assistant director general of the World Health Organization

Bruce Aylward led the WHO’s mission to China in February

Xing Guangli/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Epidemiologist Bruce Aylward is assistant director general of the World Health Organization and spoke to New Scientist on 13 March. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Cases in China are declining – we are now only seeing a handful of new reported cases every day. Does China have the virus under control?

They have absolutely turned it around. The trends are very real, there’s no question. Governors, mayors and others that I talked to in China would never say things were “under control”. …

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