"On June 24, Ko said that the cluster at the firm’s markets was “not as bad as you think” and persisted in his strategy of using rapid virus tests before administering vaccines and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for thousands of market workers, ...

... although Chen a day earlier advised the city government to primarily use PCR testing to identify all infections at the markets."
"When the city government began conducting large-scale PCR testing on Thursday last week, at least 41 cases were identified from the Huannan Market, showing that Chen’s judgement was accurate."
"However, Chen, who heads the CECC, is not always correct. Over the past few months, he has drawn no less criticism for the center’s vaccination rollout and easing quarantine rules for airline crew in April, the latter considered the most likely cause of the local outbreak."

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