The Chinese authorities should be more transparent in clarifying the circumstances of the spread of the new coronavirus around the world. This opinion was expressed by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an interview broadcast on Sunday with the Axios information portal.
He was asked what the consequences would be if it turned out that Beijing was allegedly “hiding the leak” of a new coronavirus from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. “We need to understand what happened. There is a responsibility, but from my point of view, the most important thing and the most important reason why we need to sort this out is that this is the only way we can prevent the next pandemic, or at least make it more effective to mitigate [its consequences]. But the [Chinese] government didn’t do it in the early days and still doesn’t. It did not provide us with transparency. We, the international community, need access for inspectors and experts, the exchange of information in real-time, all this must happen,” the head of American diplomacy said. “This is largely in the interests of China, too, because it has also been affected by this pandemic. He is probably also interested, especially if he claims to be a responsible international player, to do everything possible to provide all the information available to him so that we can hopefully prevent a repeat of this,” the Secretary of State added.