China: Pompeo discusses ‘cover-up efforts’ on Covid-19 origin
Donald Trump's former Secretary of State has savaged the Chinese Communist Party over "staggering" attempts to allegedly cover up the origin of coronavirus. The virus was first discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan before rapidly spreading throughout the world. Mike Pompeo was invited onto Fox News to discuss ongoing investigations into the source of the outbreak with the former US official placing the blame firmly on China.
Mr Pompeo told Fox News: "We worked to get every bit of evidence we could.
"We tried to deliver this, the CDC tried to work with the Chinese, they covered it up terribly.
"But every piece of evidence we saw throughout the entire time I was there suggests that this originating in that laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
"I haven't seen a shred of evidence that suggests anything to the contrary."
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China slammed by Mike Pompeo over ‘cover-up efforts’ on the origin of Covid-19
The former US Secretary of State continued: "That evidence continues to accumulate in spight of the fact the Chinese Communist Party will not permit anyone to get any access to the laboratory, to the original materials, to the doctors that were working there.
"The list of the cover-up efforts is staggering.
"And the combination of the circumstantial evidence that we have combined with the intense effort to deny us information about that lab suggests to me strongly that this is where it originated.
He added: "The risk that this happens again from this laboratory or another Chinese laboratory is very real."
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Sky News's Sharry Markson said: "Of course, of course, they've been doing this - and it's not just China by the way, but American scientists as well.
"It's called gain-of-function research where you create brand new viruses that have never existed before...capable of causing a pandemic.
"The scientists say that they're creating these viruses to see what type of viruses might be capable of crossing over to humans and causing a pandemic, and then they work on developing vaccines.
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She added: "Everyone seemed so ready to accept China's narrative which turned out to be disinformation that it was just a naturally occurring virus."
Meanwhile, 18 scientists have signed an open letter criticising the official World Health Organisztion investigation into the emergency of Covid, saying it did not make a "balanced consideration."
The letter read: "More investigation is still needed to determine the origin of the pandemic.
"Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover both remain viable."