President Trump says USA will seek damages from China over COVID-19 outbreak
- President Donald Trump has raised the possibility that the United States could seek damages from China over the COVID-19 outbreak
- The US president said his administration was conducting serious investigations into Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak
- Trump expressed the belief that China could have stopped coronavirus from becoming a global outbreak
President Donald Trump has suggested that the United States could seek damages from China over the COVID-19 outbreak.
The US president made the suggestion on Monday morning, April 27 at a press briefing, The UK Guardian reports.
Trump said his administration was conducting serious investigations into Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
According to the Economic Times, the US president noted that his administration believes that China could have stopped COVID-19 from spreading globally.
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"It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn't have spread all over the world," he said.
He stated that there are a lot of ways the US could hold China accountable.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has said there is no evidence that the global pandemic called coronavirus was made in a lab, according to China’s foreign ministry.
According to Reuters, Zhao Lijian, the ministry's spokesman disclosed this on Thursday, April 16, in response to a question about accusations the coronavirus originated in a lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the epidemic first emerged in late 2019.
Zhao speaking during a daily briefing in Beijing, explained that officials of the WHO said there is no evidence the new coronavirus was created in a laboratory multiple times.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, had on Wednesday, April 15, said his government is trying to determine whether the coronavirus emanated from a lab in Wuhan, China.
In another news, Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, said Beijing “needs to come clean” on what they know about the claim.
Still on health, the experimental coronavirus treatment remdesivir has failed in its first randomised clinical trial. Results of the trial were released on Thursday, April 23, Manila Bulletin reports.
According to a draft summary that went online briefly on the website of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Chinese trial involved 237 patients, with 158 on the drug and 79 in a control group. Remdesivir was stopped early in 18 patients because of side effects.
After three months, 13.9 percent of the patients on remdesivir had succumbed to the deadly disease compared to 12.8 percent of those in the control group. The difference is not statistically significant.
However, China’s foreign ministry's spokesperson did not address Trump’s comments directly.
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