Washington: Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo once again reiterated his belief that the COVID-19 pandemic originated from a laboratory leak in China’s Wuhan.
During a recent interview with Fox News, Pompeo claimed that under the administration of former President Donald Trump, the US came really close to uncovering the details on the origins of COVID-19 and said there was enormous evidence.
“We have a really good idea what happened here. There is an enormous amount of evidence that there was a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. There is a pile of evidence a hundred feet high, I have high confidence that that’s the case. We pressed the Chinese Communist Party really hard – not just the State Department, but our CDC and others too,” he said.
Pompeo then went on to add that the administration was “serious in this endeavour” and that it “made clear that there would be real cost” to the Chinese government.
Furthermore, an advisory board member to the World Health Organisation (WHO) told Fox News last week that China’s “massive cover-up” on coronavirus is still happening till date as the Wuhan lab-leak origin theory gains momentum.
“The Chinese have engaged in a massive cover-up that is going on until this day, involving destroying samples, hiding records, placing a universal gag order on Chinese scientists and imprisoning Chinese citizen journalists asking the most basic questions,” said Jamie Metzl of the WHO.
Meanwhile, Pompeo’s successor Antony Blinken has said that the WHO’s first phase of study on the origins of the coronavirus is “highly deficient”, adding that leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) countries will insist China to cooperate with a second phase of WHO study.