Pompeo urges WHO to probe Wuhan lab illnesses, demands Beijing be transparent

Pompeo urges WHO to probe Wuhan lab illnesses, demands Beijing be transparent

Mike Pompeo, minister van buitelandse sake on Friday urged the Wêreld-Gesondheidsorganisasie (WIE) to take a closer look at the lab in Wuhan, Sjina, where the COVID-19 pandemic is believed to have originatedwhile demanding Beijing provide afull and thorough” rekening.

The United States has repeatedly called for a transparent and thorough investigation into the origin of COVID-19. Understanding the origin of this pandemic is essential for global public health, economic recovery, and international security,” Pompeo said in a statement.

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His statement comes as 13 WHO scientists arrived in Wuhan this week to investigate the origins of the pandemic, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and torpedoed economies across the globe.

Die VSA. has long expressed doubts about the WHO, and President Trump terminated the U.S. verhouding with the U.N. body last year amid questions about its bias toward China and its acceptance of early narratives about the virus. Die VSA. had been the top contributor to the agency to the tune of approximately $ 450 million a year.

Die VSA. criticized WHO officialspraise of Chinese “deursigtigheid,” sy’ ignoring of warnings about the virus from Taiwan, and its repetition of Chinese claims that COVID-19 could not be spread from person to person. Trump has also pointed to opposition from WHO officials to his decision to place a travel ban on China in the initial days of the crisis.

Op Vrydag, the State Department shared what it said was new information about the lab in Wuhan, specifically that researchers fell sick in autumn 2019 with symptoms consistent with both COVID and seasonal illnesses. Pompeo said it raises questions about officialsclaims that there waszero infectionamong staff and students.

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Daarbenewens, it urges the WHO to investigate the Wuhan lab’s research on the virus, accusing it of not being transparent aboutgain of functionexperiments to enhance lethality or transmissionas well as the lab’s alleged links to the military research.

Pompeo then took aim at China again for its lack of accountability and refusal to accept help.

China instead refused offers of helpincluding from the United Statesand punished brave Chinese doctors, wetenskaplikes, and journalists who tried to alert the world to the dangers of the virus,” hy het gesê. “Beijing continues today to withhold vital information that scientists need to protect the world from this deadly virus, and the next one.

The United States reiterates the importance of unfettered access to virus samples, lab records and personnel, eyewitnesses, and whistleblowers to ensure the credibility of the WHO’s final report,” hy het bygevoeg. “Until the CCP allows a full and thorough accounting of what happened in Wuhan, it is only a matter of time until China births another pandemic and inflicts it on the Chinese people, and the world.

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