China said on Thursday that it supports the World Health Organization in its efforts to identify the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and accused US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of lying one after another in his reports. attacks on Beijing.
Pompeo accused China of withholding virus samples it said were necessary for global vaccine research, and demanded transparency.
Most experts believe COVID-19 originated in a market selling wildlife and went from animals to humans, but Pompeo and U.S. President Donald Trump said there was evidence that it came from ‘a laboratory, without further details.
U.S. intelligence agencies said last week that there was no evidence that the virus was of human origin or genetically modified, but did not rule out an accident or flight scenario, with a world-renowned laboratory for infectious diseases located about 12 kilometers from the wholesale market of Huanan Seafood in Wuhan.
Pompeo also accused the WHO of being too slow to respond to the disease and said it “has yet to demand an investigation” in China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying, speaking to reporters in Beijing on Thursday, said China supports WHO’s efforts to investigate the origin of the pandemic.
“We are always open to cooperate with WHO on issues, including the issue of origin,” she said.
But she repeated a chronology of signals from France, Sweden and the United States themselves that the virus may not have appeared in China.
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“When the scientists have not reached a conclusion, why is Secretary Pompeo hastily concluding that the virus came from a laboratory in Wuhan? Where is his proof? Show us the proof. he can’t show evidence, so he can still be in the process of building that evidence. “
Trump calls virus an “ attack ”
The WHO urged countries to investigate all suspected early cases and called previous comments on a possible laboratory source by Pompeo “speculative”.
Hua said Pompeo had contradicted himself in interviews about the virus.
“The reason he contradicts himself is that he always makes up a lie to cover up another lie,” she said. “It’s an open secret.”
Trump sought to be reelected in November at a White House event, called the virus the worst “attack” the United States has ever known and blamed China for not being there to have ended.
“It’s worse than Pearl Harbor. It’s worse than the World Trade Center,” said Trump. “And it should never have happened. It could have been arrested at the source. It could have been arrested in China. It should have been arrested directly at the source, and it was not.”
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1941 killed more than 2,400 people, while attacks on airliners in the United States at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, killed nearly 3,000 people.
COVID-19 has killed more than 264,000 people worldwide, including more than 74,000 in the United States, making it the most affected western country, according to Johns Hopkins University pandemic monitoring.
Trump has accused the WHO of being “China-centric” and of acting too slowly to fight the disease, and has threatened to withdraw funds. Many scientists have said that the time has come to increase funding and global cooperation to find a vaccine.
Earlier on Wednesday, Pompeo said China “could have prevented the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. China could have prevented the world from falling into global economic unrest.
“China still refuses to share the information we need to keep people safe,” he said at a state department press briefing.
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Pompeo did not address Trump’s well-documented understatement of the virus or the administration’s suspended response in February and early March, several weeks after WHO alerted the public that human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus was real.
Over a quarter of a million dead
COVID-19 has killed more than 264,000 people worldwide, including more than 73,000 in the United States, making it the most affected western country, according to Johns Hopkins University pandemic monitoring.
Hua said the only enemy was the virus.
“Because it is the common enemy of all humanity … Faced with this battle of humanity against the virus, China should be [a] Armed American comrade, not enemy. “
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She also said local governments and Chinese companies donated 9.6 million masks, 500,000 test kits, 305,000 pairs of gloves and 133,500 pairs of goggles to 55 cities in 30 US states on Tuesday .
Anthony Fauci, director of the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the Trump Coronavirus Task Force, said in an interview published Monday that the best evidence shows that the virus was not manufactured in laboratory, but appeared to have “evolved into nature, then jumped species.”