What is the point of this guy revisiting this in hindsight? There are people on the next street to mine who still don't realize its a problem. Yeah, we elect our politicians to be better than that, but do we? When has a politician ever succeeded trying to solve a problem that is still intangible? I remember when Clinton started briefly paying down the US national debt by generating budget surpluses. He pretty quickly lost the congress - the voters wanted lower taxes. Never fails.
So when Wuhan got it, but the rest of China essentially did not, wasn't the natural reaction for most people to say "Wuhan's got a problem but the likely outcome is, like SARS, that it'll be controllable" - the alternative being to commit economic suicide when there is no tangible problem?
I am not defending the lack of preparedness and lack of flexibility, lack of PPE, or the running down of the NHS which were all criminal, and I am not defending the absence of test development in the west, or absence of thermal scanning, but I think not locking everybody down at that time is within the realms of human nature.
And he says "asymptomatic transmission" which there is no evidence of, there is plenty of evidence for presymptomatic.