China must be held accountable for the global spread of coronavirus, a senior White House official said on Monday when it accused the communist nation of benefiting from the situation by exporting low-quality antibody test kits.
In the past few weeks, the Trump administration has intensified its rhetoric against China by accusing it of not being transparent and blaming it for the global spread of the corona virus.
The virus first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan before it turned out to be a pandemic.
"China spun this virus. You hid it for six weeks. You could have kept it in Wuhan. You didn't. It populated the world with it, and hundreds of thousands of Chinese are on planes to Milan, New York, and others Countries increased. " Locations, "Peter Navarro, director of the Policy Coordinator of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing and the National Defense Production Act, told Fox News.
"During that six-week period, they vacuumed the world of personal protective equipment, over two billion masks, and deprived the public health workers around the world of the defense they need. And today China is essentially benefiting from this situation." he said.
Navarro replied to a question regarding comments from Microsoft founder Bill Gates that it wasn't time to blame China.
"It's not time to talk about it. This is the time to take advantage of the great science we have, the fact that we are in the process of repairing tests and treatments and getting this vaccine. Minimize the trillions of dollars and a lot of things you can't even economically scale are terrible about the situation we're in. So that's a distraction, "Gates said in an interview with CNN.
"I'm all for innovation, but we have to hold China accountable. And now China is flooding us with these bad tests," said Navarro.
"So, Mr. Gates and I will differ in the need to hold China accountable. That is certainly because the Chinese Communist Party basically inflicted this virus on the world. And we should never forget that here in America." said Navarro.
Navarro said while the U.S. economy is closed due to the corona virus, the Trump administration is involved in the fastest industrial mobilization the country has had since World War II.
India has sought to scale up the tests and has also imported the antibody kits from China. The Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR) on Monday urged states to discontinue the COVID-19 rapid antibody test kits procured by two Chinese companies and to return them to suppliers for return.
In an opinion sent to the secretaries-general of all states and Union territories on Monday, the ICMR said it had "evaluated the kits from Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livson Diagnostics in field conditions. The results showed large differences in their sensitivity, despite the early promise of good performance for monitoring purposes ".