Pompeo asks China to allow access to sensitive lab


Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang made the announcement at a media briefing here.

The WHO, too, condemned the move, pointing out it jeopardized not only the safety of the rest of the world but of the USA itself.

China hinted at stepping up its monetary contribution to the United Nations health agency on April 15. Pompeo also said the United States needs every country to be transparent, to share their data, to share all of this information so the world's best epidemiologists and scientists and laboratory experts can begin to develop therapeutics and a vaccine that ultimately gets us to a place where people are less at risk.

Trump's decision also drew immediate criticisms by the country's long-term European allies.

While announcing the new funding, Geng without referring to Trump's criticism, expressed China's full backing for the World Health Organization and its Director General Dr General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, whom Trump has termed as pro-China.

Spokesperson Geng Shuang told a news briefing that the World Health Organization, led by Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had actively fulfilled its duties with objective, science-based and fair position and played an important role in assisting countries in responding to the outbreak and boosting worldwide cooperation on COVID-19. "There's a pandemic inside of the country".

The Secretary of State spoke later on Wednesday with counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and said the United States has called on China to close its wildlife wet markets permanently, citing links between the markets and zoonotic diseases, which can jump from animals to humans.

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Cuomo has insisted that the crisis requires him to be above politics and partisanship. More than 30,000 people have died in the United States from the epidemic.

The new donation follows a $20 million contribution in March, Hua said.

US President Donald Trump alleges that the WHO's angle is biased and tilted in favor of China.

Donald Trump's envoy to Canada defended the USA president's controversial decision to temporarily stop funding the World Health Organization during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The US donated over $400m in 2019 and is the largest overall contributor of the body, but senior officials are mulling redirecting funds to other groups, according to sources speaking to Reuters.

Pompeo said the United States still wanted more information from China including the original sample of the SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in the metropolis of Wuhan.

Both China and the World Health Organization faced serious criticism over lack of transparency especially about the discovery of the coronavirus in December previous year and its silent spread in Wuhan until Beijing imposed a lockdown in the city on January 23.

The WHO has denied the Trump administration's charges and China insists it has been transparent and open.