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Vincent Lee+ Your Authors @Rover829 Reuters China Breaking News Editor, sharing news by colleagues; opinions are mine, especially hate towards James Harden. Byline name: Se Young Lee. May. 24, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

BEIJING, May 23 (Reuters) - China's top disease control official said on Saturday that public criticism over the initial coronavirus outbreak was understandable, but defended Beijing's response to the crisis. 

Reuters: "With such a large epidemic in China and the world, it is very normal to receive criticism from the public," Gao Fu, director of China's disease control and prevention centre, told reporters.

"We accept them with humility," Gao said.

Reuters: But despite some of the weaknesses that was exposed in his agency during the epidemic, which first emerged in China late last year, Gao said the nation's response was "good" compared with other countries as it had to handle a "closed-book exam."

Reuters: However, Chinese scientists are still unable to establish how the virus was passed on to humans, Gao said, adding: "I hope the public can give scientists more time for us to understand this virus."

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