U.S. State Department officials urged the WHO to press the PRC government to release information they believe the Chinese government is withholding from the public regarding the causes of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Specifically, the State Department demanded that Chinese laboratories provide information about their activities when the first information about COVID-19 cases appeared in November-December 2019. This was reported on the department’s website.
State Department officials said they had information about the SARS-CoV-2-like virus infecting laboratory personnel in Wuhan as early as October 2019.
The Chinese authorities allegedly denied any information about the infection of the Wuhan laboratory employees.
The State Department insists that the Wuhan laboratory collaborated with the PRC military and conducted some kind of experiments on animals.
“The COVID-19 pandemic could have been avoided. Any responsible country would have invited world health investigators to Wuhan within days of the outbreak. But China refused offers of help, including from the United States, and punished the brave Chinese doctors, scientists and journalists who tried to warn the world about the dangers of the virus. Today, Beijing continues to withhold vital information,” State Department officials said.