However, they are convinced that China’s leaders did not know about the virus before the global pandemic began. That’s according to a declassified report released on Friday, drafted by US President Joe Biden and quoted by AFP and the AP.
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US president criticizes China for withholding information
Four organizations from the US Secret Service supported the theory of human transmission after contact with the animal, one organization identified a leak from the laboratory as a probable cause of the spread of the virus, and analysts from three agencies failed to reach any specific conclusion.
White House chief Biden on Friday criticized Beijing for withholding “crucial information” about the origin of the virus, which has so far affected nearly 4.5 million people in the world. Researchers and the intelligence community lack clinical specimens and epidemiological data on early cases of COVID-19, AFP said.
Pressure on Beijing will continue
“There is crucial information in the People’s Republic of China on the origins of this pandemic, and yet government officials in China have been working since the beginning to prevent international investigators and members of the global public health community (area) from accessing them.” Biden said in a statement.
He added that Beijing continued to reject calls for transparency and was unwilling to provide the necessary information, despite the fact that the number of victims of covid was still rising. He stressed, however, that the United States, along with its allies, will continue to put pressure on Beijing to provide access to information and work with the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Chinese embassy has criticized the secret service administration
The Chinese embassy in Washington on Friday criticized the findings of the US secret services regarding the origin of the coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19. According to the embassy, the report “incorrectly” claims that China continues to obstruct the investigation. AFP and Reuters reported on Saturday.
“The report of the American intelligence community shows that the USA is determined to go the wrong way of political manipulation,” stated in Friday’s embassy statement. A message “It is based on the presumption of guilt and makes China a scapegoat,” added that the embassy could “disrupt and sabotage international cooperation in tracing the virus and combating a pandemic”.