Guest essay by Eric Worrall
h / t Breitbart; Following a complaint from the US State Department, China has promised to stop putting swabs on US diplomats’ rectums.
China “mistakenly” gave US diplomats anal COVID tests, American officials say
The US State Department is committed to upholding the “dignity” of American diplomats.
VZ by Viola Zhou 25.2.21
The Chinese government has promised to stop using anal swabs on American diplomats to test for COVID-19 after Washington complained that the practice was not worthy, the U.S. State Department said.
“The State Department never approved this type of test and protested directly to the State Department when we learned that some staff were involved,” a State Department spokesman told VICE World News on Wednesday.
The spokesman said Beijing had assured Washington that the test was “mistaken” and that diplomatic personnel were exempt from the test, which is mandatory for arriving travelers in some parts of China.
“We have instructed employees to decline this test if they are asked to do so, as in the past.”
Read more: https://www.vice.com/de/article/bvxk9a/china-anal-covid-tests-us-diplomats
In January, WUWT reported on the excited Chinese announcement that anal swabs were a more reliable way to test for Covid than the itchy thing in your nose, but I didn’t expect China to roll out the new test anytime soon.
If China thinks it is okay to inflict this test on US diplomats, many tourists or business people visiting China in the near future will have an unexpected new experience.