Biden administration balks at punishing China for COVID-19

by Peter Heck · Mar 31st, 2021 7:45 am
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Last Updated Mar 31st, 2021 at 8:15 pm

After U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) recently reiterated his view that China must be held accountable for their role in the origin of the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has plagued the globe for over a year, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken indicated the Biden administration is likely to pursue a different approach.

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" program Sunday, Blinken demurred when asked about punishing China for its handling of the crisis, saying that the Biden team was primarily focused on preventing another future pandemic.

"I think the issue for us is to make sure that we do everything possible to prevent another pandemic, even as we're working through this one, or at the very least, to make sure that we can mitigate in much more effective ways any damage done if something happens in the future," the secretary said.

Blinken did say he was concerned about the upcoming report from the World Health Organization about the origin of the outbreak since China was involved in helping author the report.

🔦 Blinken said in January that China had misled the world about the pandemic outbreak.


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