Pompeo believes China has misled WHO about the new COVID origin report
WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doused cold water on a new World Health Organization report on Tuesday that found the COVID-19 outbreak from a Chinese laboratory was “extremely unlikely.”
In an interview with Fox NewsPompeo said he believed WHO officials were acting in China’s best interests and that he knew of “significant evidence” that the global pandemic was indeed originating from a Wuhan laboratory.
“I have to say the reason we left the World Health Organization was because we believed it was corrupt and politicized. It has bowed a knee to General Secretary Xi Jinping in China, “said Pompeo about the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the UN body.
“I hope this is not the case with what you announced today. I look forward to your reports and analysis, but I don’t think you got the access you needed. I know that they didn’t have the timely access they needed, ”he said.
“I also know that there was significant evidence that this may have come from this lab,” said Pompeo.
“So, from your point of view, nothing has changed that it came from the laboratory?” asked America’s Newsroom host Bill Hemmer.
“Nothing,” replied Pompeo.
A World Health Organization-led team investigating the causes of the plague, which has killed 2.3 million people worldwide, visited the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak first appeared in late 2019.
“Our initial results suggest that introduction by an intermediate host species is the most likely route and requires further study and more specific targeted research,” said Peter Ben Embarek, WHO food safety and animal diseases expert.
“However, the results suggest that the laboratory incident hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus into the human population,” he added.
Embarek said the possibility that the virus was made in a laboratory was not being promoted as an avenue for further study, and speculated bats were a likely source of transmission.
China’s communist regime has promoted the idea that the virus can be found on frozen food, and has even blamed US troops for the outbreak, creating the conspiracy theory that the respiratory disease originated in a US laboratory in Maryland.
China’s ambassador to the United States told CNN on Sunday that the World Health Organization should also investigate the United States.
Relations between Washington and Beijing deteriorated when the Trump administration tried to hold the CCP accountable for its cover-up of the virus’s origins and repeated refusal to let investigators into the country.
In one of his first actions in the White House, President Biden returned to the United States at the WHO, allaying concerns that the organization had failed to hold China accountable at the start of the health crisis.
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