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Pompeo: COVID-19 pandemic was avoidable

United States State Secretary Mike Pompeo stated on Friday the coronavirus pandemic was "avoidable" but still broke out because "China instead refused offers of help – including from the United States – and punished brave Chinese doctors, scientists, and journalists who tried to alert the world to the dangers of the virus."

Commenting on the World Health Organization's (WHO) ongoing investigation on the origins of the virus, Pompeo accused Beijing of trying to "withhold vital information that scientists need to protect the world from this deadly virus, and the next one" and stressed the importance of "unfettered access to virus samples, lab records and personnel, eyewitnesses, and whistleblowers to ensure the credibility of the WHO's final report."

Pompeo has criticized China and the WHO's response to the pandemic since its beginning and even once said the agency's probe on the origins of the virus would be "completely whitewashed" to protect the Asian country.

Breaking the News / JR