Beijing's spin took on more urgency in recent weeks as World Health Organisation (WHO) experts arrived in Wuhan to probe the origins of the coronavirus.
The statements of interviewed locals echo China state media's massive disinformation campaign that has been hammering home the success of Beijing, and failure of Western governments.
One year after the Wuhan lockdown, Beijing is eager to promote its narrative of how it contained the pandemic, but history tells another story.
Beijing's history of secrecy, disinformation and delays raises concerns that the team of World Health Organisation specialists will find a cold trail more than a year after COVID-19 first emerged.
Beijing barred WHO specialists from entering China at the last minute, highlighting the regime's continuing cover-up and attempts to whitewash the origin of the novel coronavirus.
Hundreds of millions of doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which have a 95% and 94% efficacy rates respectively, are rolling out worldwide.
Beijing is on a global charm offensive, analysts say, but its 'vaccine diplomacy' is not without conditions.
At least one volunteer in trials for the vaccine made by Chinese drug giant Sinopharm presented neurological symptoms corresponding to a condition called Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Lax standards and untrained doctors endanger Pakistani donors and recipients alike, while Chinese hospitals and the regime rake in profits by selling the organs of convicted criminals.
For China, where COVID-19 originated, the global pandemic has been a major economic boon. It is the only world economy expected to post positive gains in 2020.