Top US diplomat criticizes China and says it must get to the bottom of the origin of Covid-19

Top US diplomat criticizes China and says it must get to the bottom of the origin of Covid-19


China’s failure to provide access to global health experts made the Covid-19 pandemic worse than necessary, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Sunday, and it was important to get to the bottom of the origin of the novel coronavirus.

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China’s failure to provide access to global health experts made the Covid-19 pandemic worse than necessary, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Sunday, and it was important to get to the bottom of the origin of the novel coronavirus.

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The harsh words of the leading US diplomat underscored the criticism from other members of the Biden administration of Beijing’s lack of transparency in the crucial early days of the pandemic.

China has not given access to international experts or exchanged information in real time to ensure real transparency, Blinken said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press”.

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As a result, the virus “got out of control faster and, I believe, with much more egregious results than usual,” said Blinken.

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on March 30 that data were withheld from WHO investigators who had traveled to China to investigate the causes of the pandemic.

A WHO report co-authored with Chinese scientists at the time said the virus was likely transmitted from bats to humans by another animal and that a laboratory leak was “extremely unlikely” to be the cause.

Tedros said the problem needed further investigation.

The events show why there needs to be a stronger global health security system to make sure this doesn’t happen again, Blinken said. Reforms need to include a commitment to transparency, information sharing and expert access, “and China needs to play a role in that,” he said.

Blinken said it was important to get a more conclusive account of the start of the pandemic.

“We have to do this carefully so that we understand exactly what was screwed to get the best possible shot that will keep it from hpening again,” he said. “So we have to get to the bottom of it.”

When the WHO report was released in March, the United States, the European Union and other western countries urged China to give independent experts “full access” to all data on the original outbreak in late 2019.

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