US intelligence reports accused China of hiding sensitive information about the Corona virus at the beginning of its spread, which contributed to its transformation into a global pandemic, while the US President expected to find a vaccine by the end of the year.
The Associated Press said that US officials believe that China has hidden the extent of the outbreak of the Coronavirus and how it is contagious so that it can obtain and store the necessary medical supplies, according to intelligence documents.
According to an intelligence report issued by the US Department of Homeland Security, Chinese leaders “intentionally” hidden from the world the extent of the epidemic, in early January.
The report also indicated that for most of this month, Beijing deliberately did not inform the World Health Organization that the virus was contagious so that it could order medical supplies from abroad.
US President Donald Trump said that the Coruna virus came from China, and that it should have been eliminated there. He added in a special seminar with Fox News, that the Chinese have not detected the presence of the virus, and that the reasons will be discovered.
|Trump renews accusations of China of spreading the virus (Reuters)|
For his part, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that there is a lot of evidence that the virus originated in the Wuhan laboratory, and that China is responsible for the spread of this pandemic and must be held accountable.
On the other hand, former Chinese diplomat Li Yuanqing denied the US accusations and said that they are recurring accusations without providing any proof of their authenticity.
This American-Chinese rift comes at a time when the number of coronavirus infections worldwide exceeded the threshold of 3.5 million, according to Reuters statistics, while deaths approached a quarter of a million cases, despite the slowing rate of infections and deaths from their peak during the past month.
Most cases were recorded in recent days in North America and European countries, but figures are still increasing in smaller outbreaks in Latin America, Africa and Russia.
During the past 24 hours, the world recorded 84004 new infections, according to the Reuters statistic, which is based on official government data, bringing the total number of cases to just over 3.5 million.
On the other hand, US President Donald Trump expected that the new Corona virus vaccine would be available by the end of 2020.
“We are very confident that we will get a vaccine, by the end of the year,” Trump told Fox News. “The doctors will say: You shouldn’t say this. I say what I think,” he added. “We are pushing hard. I think many (pharmaceutical) groups are very close.”
Asked what his reaction would be if another country discovered a vaccine before the United States, Trump replied, “I don’t care, I just want a successful vaccine. If it is another country” that will find the vaccine, “I will raise my hat.”
The US President expressed his desire to allow the resumption of the country’s activities in a cautious manner, but “as quickly as possible,” while expressing optimism about the economic prospects and expecting the year 2021 to be “amazing.”
Last Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration granted its approval to use the drug “Remisdiver” in emergency cases. The drug is used in cases of patients with “Covid-19” who are in a critical condition, without being part of a clinical trial program.
Meanwhile, Europe continues to ease the isolation measures it has imposed on the population to limit the spread of the “Covid-19” epidemic with new decisions that are supposed to be implemented as of Monday in about 15 countries.
Italians, who have been under strict quarantine measures since March 9, are preparing to enter a series of measures to reduce isolation today, Monday, after they paid a heavy price for the epidemic that killed nearly 29,000 people on the Italian peninsula, especially in the Lombardy region (north).
In France, the government decided to extend the state of health emergency in effect from March 24 to July 24, considering that lifting it would be “premature”, but measures to reduce isolation will begin on May 11 with great caution and at a pace that varies by region.
|Life returned to the streets of the Spanish capital Madrid after the partial lifting of quarantine (Anatolia)|
In Germany, where the lifting of restrictions is at an advanced stage, schools are opening their doors starting today, Monday, in some provinces, and in Spain many residents in Madrid, Barcelona and other cities went out to practice running.
In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to unveil a plan to lift the isolation next week. “I wasn’t in good shape and I knew there were contingency plans,” he said in an interview with The Sun. “And the doctors were ready to do what I should if things went wrong.”
In Eastern Europe, cafes and restaurants open today, Monday in Slovenia and Hungary, with the exception of the capital, Budapest. In Poland, work resumes in hotels, malls, offices and some museums as well.