“China’s unwillingness to share data and information relevant to identifying the origins of COVID-19 is truly shameful.” – Senator Jim Risch
“…a laboratory leak origin is certainly plausible…” – Senator Rubio .
By A Correspondent | At a time when the Zim government is dismissing it all, the US Senate investigation has agreed with claims by Zimbabwe’s Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri’s damning allegation that China is hiding information on the origins of COVID-19.
In January, Muchinguri who is Zimbabwe’s COVID Taskforce Chairperson alleged to ZimEye in an interview saying, the Chinese know what they did, as she sad COVID-19 was their experiment which went wrong.
Hours before its release,the Chinese embassy in Harare yesterday was at pains complaining against the release of the investigation report saying:
“We urge the US side to bear in mind the lives and health of its own people and people around the world, stop politicization and return to the track of science-based origins study at an early date.
“We urge the US to disclose and test data of early cases at home and invite WHO experts to conduct origins research in the US so as to give the international community and the American people an explanation based on science and justice.”
The development comes as the U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the reportedly inconclusive intelligence assessment on the origins of COVID-19 briefed to the president earlier this week:
“China’s unwillingness to share data and information relevant to identifying the origins of COVID-19 is truly shameful. Yet, the work to identify how this virus started and spread must continue.
“As I wrote to the president last month, if the 90-day intelligence community effort does not yield definitive conclusions, the intelligence community and others in the U.S. government must continue to prioritize this inquiry. I expect the administration to provide a briefing to senators on the 90-day inquiry when we return next month so we can decide what needs to happen next.”
“Our experience with COVID-19 also requires a thorough re-examination of research collaboration with China on gain-of-function, synthetic biology, and other areas that pose dual use concerns. That is something I will continue to push alongside my Senate colleagues to ensure the United States is not funding or supporting technological and military advancements that benefit our adversaries,” Risch said.
The development comes as Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Ministry in January distanced itself from Muchinguri with spokesperson, Constance Chemwayi saying Zimbabwe did not hold China responsible for the emergence and spread of Covid-19.
“Reference is made to a purported telephone conversation between the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Honourable O.P.Z. Muchinguri-Kashiri and a journalist, Simba Chikanza, that is circulating on the social media platforms,” she said.
“We wish to make it clear that the sentiments expressed do not reflect the position of the Government of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe and China enjoy excellent relations. The government does not hold the Chinese Government responsible for the emergence and spread of the coronavirus that has affected every global citizen.
“Government appreciates that China has exercised global leadership in efforts to find both the cause and a solution to the pandemic.”
Yesterday the U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, urged the Biden Administration to immediately declassify the inconclusive intelligence community report on the origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Rubio also called on Congress to pass his COVID Act of 2021, which would authorize sanctions and other restrictions if the CCP fails to allow for a credible and comprehensive investigation into the origins of COVID-19 at laboratories in Wuhan that studied coronaviruses.
“The American people deserve to know what our government does and does not know about the origins of COVID-19,” Rubio said. “The Biden Administration needs to immediately transmit the classified report to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and provide a declassified version for the American people.”
“There is now a considerable body of circumstantial evidence, both the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) cover up of the initial outbreak as well as unusual molecular features of the virus itself, to suggest that a laboratory leak origin is certainly plausible, if not even likely,” Rubio continued.
“Beijing blocked a forensic investigation into the origin of COVID-19, silenced whistleblowers, forced doctors and researchers to destroy early virus samples, and imposed political screening of publications to ensure that no research findings could emerge from China to shed light on the origin.”
“The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on Beijing to allow the WHO to investigate the labs in Wuhan, and the United States must do everything in its power to ensure we get those answers,” Rubio concluded.