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Medicine: SARS / American Doctor / Taiwan #729125

CNN Evening News for Friday, May 23, 2003
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(Studio: Christiane Amanpour) Report introduced.

(Taipei: Mike Chinoy) The story of American doctor Chesley Richards‡ working in Taiwan who may have contracted the severe acute respiratory syndrome {SARS} virus presented; details given about the extent of SARS in Taiwan & of the unfocused response of the Taiwanese authorities, which gave mixed signals to the populace. [CDC director Julie GERBERDING - says SARS is a problem for everyone.] How the Taiwanese authorities have handled the SARS problems discussed.

(Studio: Christiane Amanpour) WHO's removal of its travel warnings for parts of China noted. Live interview held with "Time" magazine Beijing bureau chief Matt Forney about SARS in China. [From Beijing, FORNEY - says SARS has been the biggest domestic crisis for the Chinese government since the Tiananmen uprising, so the government has been more transparent than usual & even sacked some senior officials responsible for the initial coverup; outlines the scientific research into whether the civet cat spread SARS.]

Amanpour, Christiane;
Chinoy, Mike

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