Dr. Robert Kadlec, the former top civil protection officer for the Department of Health and Human Services, believes China was about a month ahead in preparing for the coronavirus pandemic

Kadlec was the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, known as ASPR.

“They bought things in the market long before we were,” he told CNN in his special “COVID WAR – The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out”. “Even things made here in the US, we found that domestic shipments dried up due to overseas purchases.”

More context: According to Dr. Robert Redfield, a trained virologist who was tapped back in 2018 by President Trump to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after a long career in public health, became his CDC counterpart, Dr. George Gao, initially left the darkness behind on the extent of the public health problem by early January.

He described a private call he had with Gao in early January 2020 when Gao became disturbed and started crying after finding “many cases” in people who had not been in the wet market.

Gao, Redfield said, “concluded that the cat was out of the pocket.”

The Chinese government has denied allegations by the United States and other Western governments that they have intentionally withheld information about the virus, claiming it was ahead of time since the outbreak began.