An officer stands between tents for screening visitors outside the clinic building of Changhai Hospital in Shanghai, China Monday, Feb. 03, 2020.
BEIJING — The global coronavirus pandemic is propelling more money and government support for public health in China.
Whether it’s new policies, capital, or even a school, the outbreak of what’s officially called COVID-19 has intensified national attention on the inadequacy of China’s public health infrastructure, from hospital beds to medical expertise.
The health care challenges are global and not limited to China, which has come under fire for early cover-up of the highly contagious disease and recent attempts to deflect its origin away from the country.
Since the virus first emerged in late December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the disease has killed more than 3,300 people nationwide, and over 92,000 people overseas in more than 180 countries and regions.
Early cases in Wuhan were linked to a local live animal market. As…