China slams US politicians for politicizing COVID-19 pandemic, stigmatizing China

EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, China: Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday slammed some U.S. politicians for stigmatizing China in its fight against COVID-19 epidemic, urging them to stop making political slanders.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, made the remarks at a news briefing in response to the remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that COVID-19 started in Wuhan and the United States failed in its attempt to carry out investigation in China.

Zhao said that China is the first country to report the novel coronavirus outbreak to the World Health Organization (WHO) but it does not necessarily mean the virus was originated in Wuhan.

“A pandemic may break out at any time and in any region, any country or city in the world. The origin is a serious scientific issue, which is up to scientists and medical experts to study. On April 8, Wuhan lifted its 76-day lockdown and this has boosted the determination of various countries to conquer the virus. More and more people have come to realize that China’s solution is effective and China’s experience is worth learning. Any responsible country will resolutely oppose the rude acts of labeling a virus in any form,” said Zhao.

Zhao stressed the fallacy fabricated by the U.S. that China concealed information and was non-transparent about the epidemic is totally groundless.

“We have on many occasions briefed in detail on the communications with the United States by way of time line. After the outbreak, China immediately reported it to the WHO and shared the novel coronavirus gene sequence with other countries, and immediately carried out international cooperation with epidemic prevention and control experts. All these have won positive appraisal from the international community. The channel is always open for the United States to obtain the epidemic information and data from China,” said Zhao.

Zhao quoted Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as saying that U.S. researchers developed the vaccine with virus genomes shared by the Chinese side.
“China has done what we can and should do. As for whether the U.S. has made full and effective use of the precious time and important information China has gained, and whether it has taken timely measures to prevent and control the virus, I believe history will make its own arbitration,” he said.

“The acts of stigmatizing China will win no support. Virus knows no boundaries or races, nor can it distinguish among social systems. Any country should put people’s right to live and to keep fit first and provide adequate and effective guarantee for its own people. Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, China has achieved huge successes in its fight against the pandemic. No virus can be driven away by stigmatization and the blame game. We hope that the American people would overcome the pandemic as soon as possible. We hope that the American people would stand up to some politicians who politicize the pandemic, stigmatize China, divert the attention and evade responsibilities,” Zhao said.

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