UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said Thursday that Britain’s early response to the COVID-19 pandemic was hampered by China’s lack of transparency, “a completely independent investigation in China” on the origin of the CCP virus. Asked.
Hancock, who appeared before the British Parliament’s Health and Social Welfare Commission and the Science and Technology Commission, said he wasn’t sure if the theory that the virus came from a lab leak in Wuhan was correct, but an independent study said. Thought to be “essential” to establish. The source of the pandemic.
“It is imperative to conduct a completely independent investigation in China to find out everything that can be done about this, and to allow it to be done unimpeded,” he said.
“Some of the reforms needed for the way systems around the world work are to ensure that we find the right answers to these questions, because it is impossible to do so at this time. We have this question. We need to find out the truth. “
Hancock also said Britain’s early response to the pandemic was hampered by a lack of information from China.
“One of the obstacles to our early response was the lack of transparency from China, which must be correct in terms of future preparation for a future pandemic,” he said. ..
“It is imperative for the world to be more transparent about health information as soon as China understands the problem.”
Hancock said he was unable to obtain information on asymptomatic transmission of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus from Chinese authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO).
He said he had first heard of an asymptomatic infection in China in January 2020.
“I was very worried about it and arranged to call the World Health Organization. I was told on that call about China that this was” likely to be mistranslated “,” he said. “Then I couldn’t get any proof from China to prove it.”
“I was in a situation where I didn’t have solid evidence that the global scientific consensus for decades was wrong, but I had the instinct that it was wrong.
“I’m very sorry that I didn’t ignore that scientific advice in the first place, and not the other way around, on the basis that there is an asymptomatic infection until it turns out that there is no asymptomatic infection. I said I should proceed. “
The Secretary of Health said the unilateral border closure did not make a big difference at the start of the pandemic, as China still allows people to leave the country.
“The only way the world could stop the virus from leaving China was if China itself stopped people from leaving China,” he said.
“As soon as people were allowed to leave China and go to one place, if the world had not taken action at the border, it would not have taken action at the border as it is now. [the spread of the disease] To the extent. That was clear clinical advice. “
PA contributed to this report.