Covid-19, Pompeo again accuses China: “It covered the origin of the virus, the first cases among Wuhan researchers”

January 16, 2021 10:54 am

The attack by the US secretary of state comes as the WHO international team is in the city for the first outbreak to examine the roots of the pandemic

“The US government – said Pompeo – is right to think that Multiple researchers within the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill in the fall of 2019, before the identification of the first case of the epidemic with compatible symptoms “. He then urged the WHO team to” put pressure on the Chinese government “on” this new information “.

This contradicts what China said about the alleged infections in the staff of the Wuhan Institute. Researcher Shi Zhengli stated that there were no infections among the staff and students of the institute. “Beijing continues to hide this information vital substances that scientists need to protect the world from this deadly virus, “Pompeo accused.

“For more than a year – underlined Pompeo – the Chinese Communist Party has systematically prevented a transparent and in-depth investigation into the origin of the pandemic, choosing instead to devote enormous resources to deception and disinformation. Nearly two million people have died. Their families deserve to know the truth. Only through transparency can we learn what caused this pandemic and how to prevent the next one “.

“The US government – he added – does not know exactly where, when or how the virus was initially transmitted to humans. We have not determined whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or was the result of an accident in a laboratory in Wuhan. A laboratory accident could resemble a natural epidemic if the initial exposure included only a few individuals and if it were aggravated by an asymptomatic infection. “

“Accidental infections in laboratories – Pompeo highlighted – they have caused several epidemics in China and elsewhere, including a SARS outbreak in 2004. Beijing barred independent journalists, investigators and global health authorities from interviewing researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, including those who fell ill in the fall of 2019. Any credible investigation into the ‘origin of the virus must include interviews with these researchers and a full account of their previously unreported disease. “

Then another lunge: “For many years the United States have publicly raised concerns about China‘s work on biological weapons, which Beijing has neither documented nor demonstrably eliminated, despite its clear obligations under the Biological Weapons Convention. Although the Wuhan institute presents itself as a civilian institution, the United States has established that it has collaborated on secret publications and projects with the Chinese army. “

“The United States and other donors who have funded or collaborated in civilian research at the Wuhan laboratory – concluded Pompeo – have the right and obligation to determine if any of our research funds have been diverted to secret Chinese military projects. Today’s revelations only scratch the surface of what is still hidden as to the origin of Covid-19 in China. Any credible investigation requires a full and transparent access to Wuhan research laboratories“.

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