China Demands Proof From US Senator for COVID-19 Accusation

China on Monday challenged U.S. Senator Rick Scott to show evidence supporting his accusation that Beijing is trying to slow down or sabotage the development of a COVID-19 vaccine by western countries.

“Since this lawmaker said he has evidence that China is trying to sabotage western countries in their vaccine development, then please let him present the evidence. There’s no need to be shy,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing in response to the Republican senator’s comments to BBC TV.

U.S. President Donald Trump and other top officials in Washington have repeatedly criticised China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 4 million people globally and killed more than 400,000.

China has bristled at Washington’s accusations of wrongdoing regarding COVID-19 and insists it has been open and transparent about the outbreak, which first emerged from the city of Wuhan in late 2019.

Scott declined to give details of the evidence when asked during his interview on Sunday but said it had come through the intelligence community.

“China does not want us … to do it first, they have decided to be an adversary to Americans and I think to democracy around the world,” he told the BBC.

Hua told reporters on Monday that the development of a COVID-19 vaccine is not a bilateral competition and Beijing hopes the United States will mirror China’s pledge and offer any vaccine it develops to the world for free.

(Reporting by Huizhong Wu; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Toby Chopra and Giles Elgood)

Responses

  1. I doubt any vaccine will ever be developed. Like HIV before it there will eventually be drug treatment (and at some point a theoretical prophylactic) and acceptance of the ill by society.

  2. ” There China goes being so legalistic and unreasonable.

    My audience, stupid Caucasian trash, doesn’t need

    or even want evidence. I like to talk the shit they like

    and need to hear. It’s how got elected and how I

    intend to keep office for a long, long time. “

  3. “let him present the evidence. There’s no need to be shy.” Chinese foreign ministry

    I agree. Let’s see the evidence. Either that or admit that you are only gaslighting and lying to the American people.

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