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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Coronavirus: ensuring fundamental rights and a coordinated European response (debate)

  Mick Wallace (GUE/NGL). – Madam President, in 2009 the swine flu broke out in the US. It spread to 100 countries and over 10 000 died from it. This year alone in the US, 19 million people got the flu; 10 000 have died, 180 000 have been hospitalised. I actually find it amusing that the manner in which people have used this to try and undermine the Chinese State is a bit scary. If the Chinese have a problem with coronavirus, do you not think that they need our solidarity and our help and our cooperation? They don’t need us to panic, they don’t need us to kick them around the place because they have a problem. They built a hospital in 10 days. We wouldn’t even get the paperwork done in six months because there are so many people wanting a piece of the pie.

The fact that they’re not a neoliberal state – they’ve actually been better fitted than most to actually deal with the crisis. We should be applauding them, and in fairness to the Commission here, they’ve actually been pretty positive about the Chinese reaction; the WHO have been pretty positive about it – but do you know what? For people in Europe to throw stones at them and to use human rights issues and whatever to actually undermine the Chinese position is pretty sickening. Do you know what? We’ve a lot to learn from the Chinese.

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