Countries are beginning to untangle the frustrating truth of how the Wuhan virus spread.
Multiple signs point to China playing a major hand in the sprawl of the coronavirus.
And one Trump official gave a terrifying warning about China.
There are now over 3 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus around the globe and approximately 211,000 people have died due to the pandemic.
In addition to the harrowing loss of life, the damage to the world economy has been crippling.
The United Nations recently reported that dozens of countries could face starvation as a result of the supply chain disruption.
Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the outbreak is that much of it could’ve been prevented.
According to a study from Southampton University, 95% of the spread would’ve been stopped if the Chinese government had acted three weeks earlier.
Instead, the Chinese Communist Party silenced medical professionals, arrested citizen journalists, lied to the World Health Organization about how the virus is transmitted, and sat on critical intel about the virus for six days.
Initial speculation was that the virus originated in a Wuhan wet market where a bat possibly spread the disease to a pangolin.
However, there’s a growing consensus that the virus escaped from a level-four biohazard lab in Wuhan due to human error.
According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the lab in question isn’t unique, and many other labs in China are ticking time bombs.
During a press briefing, Pompeo told a reporter, “Nations that desire to be part of the global landscape have obligations for truthful information, they have obligations to share and be transparent and open. That’s our expectation for every country.”
China has not lived up to any of those ideals.
Recently released FBI documents show that intelligence agencies and health officials have been concerned about China’s substandard laboratory protocols for years.
Pompeo continued, “Seeking to transfer responsibility or to deny access to the world so that the world can figure out what’s going on, you have to remember, these labs are still open inside of China, these labs that contain complex pathogens that were being studied.”
Not only did China withhold information, they’re actively denying Taiwan’s access to the WHO.
This is troubling because it shows that the WHO is beholden to China and were willing to bury reports out of Taiwan that the coronavirus could be spread from person to person.
Pompeo also said, “ It’s not just the Wuhan Institute of Virology. There are multiple labs inside of China that are handling these things. It’s important that those materials are being handled in a safe and secure way such that there isn’t accidental release.”
Fox News reported that China was experimenting with such dangerous biohazards as a way to show that they were on the same level of the United States.
However, China has not been experimenting for decades and building up tried and true safeguards.
China also has the macro problem of being an authoritarian country that will silence dissent if it makes the CCP look bad.
That isn’t a healthy culture for open and honest inquiry.
Pompeo knows the threat that China poses and he’s doing his best to sound the alarm.