On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been pressing China to allow inspectors into their laboratories, addressing concern regarding China’s security during this Covid-19 pandemic. Pompeo didn’t eliminate the probability that the deadly virus leaked out of a laboratory in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan- which the notion was denied by China- instead of within the Wuhan market.
“You have to remember – these labs are still open inside of China these labs that contain complex pathogens that were being studied. It’s not just the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Pompeo told reporters. “It’s important that those materials are being handled in a safe and secure way such that there isn’t accidental release.”
He brought up the example of nuclear facilities, pointing to the thorough global inspections to ensure safety, he also revived the issue concerning China not sharing a sample of the initially detected virus, known scientifically as SARS-CoV-2.
“We still do not have a sample of the virus, nor has the world had access to the facilities or other locations where this virus may have originally originated inside of Wuhan,” Pompeo said.
He also alleged that China may have known of the virus as early as November, emphasizing that China has not been transparent. “You’ll recall that the first cases of this were known by the Chinese government maybe as early as November, but certainly by mid-December.”
As a Communist state, Chinese authorities maintained in suppressing news of the deadly virus, which also includes detaining a prominent whistle-blower. Chinese scientists have suspected that the virus emerged in a Wuhan meat market that sells exotic delicacies, but doubts arose when an online conspiracy theory brought up the fact of a nearby presence of the maximum-security virology lab.