Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated he’s “convinced” that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a Chinese lab — and is accusing the Communist authorities of overlaying up the leak.
“There are many things the United States government could do to impose real cost on the Chinese Communist Party until they come clean about what they know and what they did,” Pompeo told Fox News.
“We know for sure they covered up this virus. I am confident that we will find that the evidence that we have seen to date is consistent with a lab leak and I’m convinced that’s what we’ll see. If I am wrong, I hope the Chinese Communist Party will come forward and make a fool of me.”
Pompeo, now a Fox News contributor, made the pointed feedback following a report in the Wall Street Journal that three employees on the Wuhan Institute of Virology have been hospitalized in November 2019 with signs according to each COVID-19 and seasonal sickness.
Pompeo stated he mentioned the likelihood that the pandemic — which has killed greater than 3.4 million worldwide as of Monday — began as a lab accident early on with then-CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield in early January 2020.
Authorities in Beijing have stated the primary confirmed case of COVID-19 was recognized on Dec. 8, 2019.
The first case of the virus in the US was reported in Washington state on January 20, 2020.
“And the Chinese Communist Party had gone completely dark,” Pompeo stated.
“They wouldn’t take our phone calls, they wouldn’t answer our questions. We sent inquires, we couldn’t get a straight answer … The Chinese Communist party clearly knew they had a problem, they didn’t want the world to know it and I’m convinced they still know they have a problem and don’t want us to know it.”
Citing present and former US officers, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that intelligence gathered by an “international partner” expanded on a State Department doc confirming that the three Wuhan lab employees first turned sick in November 2019.
“We need to know what happened here,” Pompeo instructed Fox News.
“The Chinese Communist Party knows what happened here. They know who patient-zero was, they know precisely when this began … We need to get to the bottom of this because this could happen again.”
Pompeo’s cost additionally comes simply days after a gaggle of prime scientists across the globe pushed back on the World Health Organization’s conclusion that it’s “extremely unlikely” the lethal virus leaked from a Wuhan lab.
In a letter revealed in the journal Science, the researchers known as for a “proper investigation” into the “viable” declare.
“Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover both remain viable,” the letter, published May 13, learn.
“Knowing how COVID-19 emerged is critical for informing global strategies to mitigate the risk of future outbreaks.”
In March, a joint examine conducted by the WHO and Chinese officials on the origins of the pandemic as a substitute concluded people doubtless turned contaminated via an animal that acquired the virus from bats.
The director of the Wuhan National Biosafety Lab, which is a part of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, is now refuting the Wall Street Journal’s report, according to CNN.
“I’ve read it, it’s a complete lie,” director Yuan Zhiming reportedly instructed state-run tabloid Global Times.
“Those claims are groundless. The lab has not been aware of this situation, and I don’t even know where such information came from.”
A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, in the meantime, accused US officers of “hyping up” the lab leak concept.