The United States has praised South Africa for its rapid discovery and distribution of Omicron, barely shrouded in China’s way of dealing with the original epidemic.
The United States has praised South Africa for the rapid identification of a new strain of Omovron called Covid-19 and for sharing this information with the world – a barely veiled blow to China’s handling of the initial outbreak of a new coronavirus.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed with South African Secretary of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor cooperation in vaccinating African people against Covid-19, the State Department said.
“Secretary Blinken praised South African scientists in particular for the rapid identification of the Omicron variant and the South African government for its transparency in sharing this information, which should serve as a model for the world,” the statement said.
First under Donald Trump and now under President Joe Biden, the United States has repeatedly criticized China for being unaware of the origins of the coronavirus, which was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, China before it spread around the world. It has now killed nearly 5.2 million people.
In August of this year, the U.S. intelligence community released a report saying it could not draw a definite conclusion about the origin of the virus – there were top scenarios among the animals or in the research laboratory – because China had not assisted in the U.S. investigation. .
The United States has also accused Beijing of waiting too long before sharing critical information about the epidemic, saying more open treatment could have helped stop the spread of the virus.
Following a U.S. report released this summer, Biden accused Beijing of stoning.
“The world deserves answers, and I won’t rest until we get them,” Biden said in a statement after the release of the unclassified report.
“Responsible nations do not shirk such responsibilities to the rest of the world.” The pandemic is one of many sources of acute tension in U.S.-China relations today, with the two great powers arguing over issues such as trade, human rights and Taiwan’s thorny issues.
The news comes amid fears that China could suffer from more than 630,000 daily Covid-19 infections if it lifted travel restrictions similar to the U.S. strategy. This is according to a study by Peking University, reports Reuters.
“The assessments revealed the real possibility of a huge epidemic that would almost certainly place an unreasonable burden on the medical system,” a report released by the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s China CDC Weekly states.
“Our findings have raised a clear warning that we are not yet ready to adopt ‘open’ strategies based solely on the immunity of the herd caused by vaccinations advocated by certain Western countries.”
Originally named In slap at China, the United States praises the detection of the Covid strain in South Africa