China has delivered imperfect data on the new coronavirus, which emerged in the country in late 2019 before spreading to more than 50 countries around the world, a top U.S. official said on Friday.
“Remember, this is the Wuhan coronavirus thats caused this,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, using a colloquial name for SARS-CoV-2, the new virus. “And the information that we got at the front end of this thing wasnt perfect and has led us now to a place where much of the challenge we face today has put us behind the curve.”
Infectious disease doctors have told Pompeo that how the situation unfolded isnt the way it should have gone, the secretary of state said during an appearance on CNBC.
“It has proven incredibly frustrating to work with the Chinese Communist Party to get our hands around the dataset, which will ultimately be the solution to both getting the vaccine and attacking this risk,” Pompeo said.
The recent claims from Chinese authorities that the virus might not have originated in China directly contradict the communist regimes earlier statements that the virus came from Wuhan, a city of some 11 million in China where thousands of people have been infected, he added.
“We have pretty high confidence that we know where this began and we have high confidence, too, that there was information that could have been made available more quickly, and data that could have been provided and shared among health professionals across the world,” he said. “Its most unfortunate.”
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