Chinese authorities did not report to the World Health Organization (WHO) on time that a new outbreak of coronavirus causing COVID-19 had begun. This was announced on Wednesday, April 22, by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“We strongly believe that the Communist Party of China (CPC) did not notify WHO of an outbreak of new coronavirus in time,” Reuters quoted him as saying.
Pompeo noted that even after notifying WHO, China did not share the information it had, but instead hid how dangerous the disease was.
The secretary of state explained that China had not reported sustainable human-to-human transmission for a month until the infection was recorded in all provinces within the country. He also added that the CPC had not yet shared samples of the virus with the rest of the world, which, according to Pompeo, made it impossible to trace the evolution of the disease.
Earlier that day, the Chinese embassy in Australia reported that Canberra followed the U.S. with an “anti-Chinese policy”, accusing China of withholding information on the coronavirus and calling for greater transparency in the matter.
On April 15, Fox News reported that the first person to be infected with Coronavirus worked in a laboratory at the Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China. That’s where the virus allegedly leaked. A similar theory was presented to the British media on April 5, citing intelligence.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump promised to investigate the “strange” origin of the coronavirus. In addition, he accused Beijing and the World Health Organization of concealing information about COVID-19. For this reason, Washington stopped funding the WHO.
China rejects such versions and notes that from the beginning it promptly informed the countries about the epidemic in late December and provided all the necessary information. The head of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Yuan Zhimin, also said that humanity is not yet able to artificially create a virus similar to SARS-CoV-2.