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China Denies US Request For Access To Wuhan Lab Which May Be Source Of Coronavirus Pandemic

“Look, we know it began at one [lab], but we need to figure this out…”

China has denied a request by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to grant international inspectors access to labs in order to assess whether dangerous pathogens might be accidentally released, according to Fox News.

The request comes amid a US investigation into whether the Wuhan coronavirus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where they were conducting a host of experiments on bat coronavirus – and had collected bats in a cave over 1,000 miles away in Yunnan which carried COVID-19.

“There are multiple labs inside of China that are handling these things,” Pompeo said on Wednesday at the State Department. “It’s important that those materials are being handled in a safe and secure way such that there isn’t accidental release.”

“We have to make sure that the Chinese Government is handling those materials in an appropriate way not only in the Wuhan Institute of Virology but elsewhere,” Pompeo added, according to the report.

“Any objective person will see that some U.S. politicians have been peddling lies that discredit China’s anti-epidemic efforts to fuddle people’s minds and deflect attention from the fact that they fell short of fulfilling their own anti-epidemic responsibilities,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Thursday in response to Pompeo’s call for inspections at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other Chinese labs studying coronaviruses and other pathogens.

Beijing has refuted claims that COVID-19 originated in a laboratory. Intelligence operatives have begun gathering information about the Wuhan lab and are piecing together a timeline of the events following the outbreak.

U.S. officials told Fox News they have ruled out the possibility of a man-made coronavirus to be used as a bioweapon. Instead, they believe it was part of China’s attempt to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States,

Some officials believe China purposefully covered up the virus and that the World Health Organization (WHO) is complicit. President Trump took aim at the WHO over its role in the crisis and announced last week that the U.S. will halt all funding to the group, saying it had put “political correctness over lifesaving measures.” –Fox News

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/china-denies-pompeo-request-wuhan-lab-access

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Stj
Stj
April 24, 2020

This is just a cover up to mask the US failure to prepare for a pandemic, that’s all. The US, like all other countries, were warned by China and by late January it was obvious that the virus was spreading quickly in Wuhan. The US is now only looking for a scapegoat.
Can Pompeo get any fatter? Is it humanly possible? Perhaps they should develop a slimming virus.

Mikey'll eat anything, then vomit it up.
Mikey'll eat anything, then vomit it up.
Reply to  Stj
April 24, 2020

Most of the fat’s in his head though.

The China Syndrome
The China Syndrome
April 24, 2020

Smart move. It wouldn’t be beyond lyin’, cheatin’, stealin’ Pompey while visiting the lab to pop open a vial of virus out of his pocket, then scream “Eureka, I knew it came from here.”

Beavis vs. Butthead 2020
Beavis vs. Butthead 2020
Reply to  The China Syndrome
April 24, 2020

Who you figure will win in November?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  The China Syndrome
April 25, 2020

Best would be if he stuck his finger in the vial of virus he pops open, then puts it to his mouth and nose. Breathe in three times deeply! Well done, Mike!

romar
romar
April 25, 2020

“We have to make sure that the Chinese Government is handling those materials in an appropriate way…”
Indeed…
These Americans are yet to realise China is not some little country they can patronise and kick around. They’ll learn the hard way…

Thraxite
Thraxite
April 25, 2020

What the hell does the US expect? After its’ MH-17 ridiculous reporting fiasco and its’ self enquiries that always end in US war criminals being released or whether there are WMDs in Iraq, Chemical Weapon attacks in Syria etc. All US enquiries end up concluding whatever is politically motivating the White House at that particular time. I would never allow or believe a US “investigation”. Also the US has a terrible record in keeping things secure and safe. How condescending and insulting to claim that the Chinese don’t know what or how to do this research, but fat poorly educated… Read more »

?james
?james
April 25, 2020

How about the US allow China to inspect Fort Detrick. Just a thought as all is fair right ….

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  ?james
April 25, 2020

Yes, and the US must allow China to inspect the CIA bunker in Langley, Virgina, as well. While they are at it, the Chinese will also get permission to inspect the gold bars that are supposed to be bunkered in Fort Knox. Or is this gold deposit a complete fiction? Fictitious gold of the USA? The USA has a lot of fiction going on ….

Patrick
Patrick
April 29, 2020

Good to see this entire comment section is populated by chicoms. Fuck the CCP, they purposefully turned an epidemic into a pandemic. They shut down domestic travel to Wuhan but left the Wuhan International Airport open. The intention is clear: “well, we are screwed, let’s make sure the rest of the world is, too.”

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