WASHINGTON, D.C. – JANUARY 19: Antony Blinken spoke during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State on January 19, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images)
UPDATED 12:45 PM PT – Sunday, April 11, 2021
Secretary of State Antony Blinken put the blame on China for the early spread of the coronavirus.
During an interview on Sunday, Blinken said China knows it didn’t do what it needed to do in the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak. This included, in real-time, giving access to international experts, sharing information and providing transparency.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – MARCH 10: Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on March 10, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images)
Blinken went on to say this failure allowed the outbreak to get out of hand, and there needs to be a guarantee to get to the bottom of what really happened.
“Well, I think we have to, because we need to do that precisely so we fully understand what happened in order to have the best shot possible in preventing it from happening again,” Blinken stated. “That’s why we need to get to the bottom of this.”
He added there also needs to be a global commitment to transparency, which China should play a part of. He has previously voiced concerns about the report issued by China and the World Health Organization into the origins of the pandemic.