America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) says that China prevented the World Health Organisation (WHO) from informing other countries about the extent and the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic in January.The CIA, which is dedicated to foreign intelligence matters outside US territory said that China made the extraordinary move to enable it stockpile medical supplies.
So far, the number of COVID 19 coronavirus cases reported across the world has has hit 4,527,823 and while 1,706,406 people have recovered from the disease, 303,438 have died.
The United States of America, Spain and Russia have recorded the most deaths so far, according to Worldometer.
The CIA claims that the powerful Asian country told WHO officials that it would not co-operate with its investigators if the disease was classified as a global emergency.
Germany’s intelligence agency has also accused China President Xi Jinping of “personally applying” pressure on Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general on January 21.
Christian Lindmeier, WHO spokesperson, said the Chinese president and Ghebreyesus did not communicate on January 21 or 22.
“Dr Tedros did not communicate with President Xi on Jan 20, 21 or 22. Dr Tedros and his senior team met with President Xi in Beijing on Jan. 28,” Lindmeier said.
“The issue of PHEIC did not come up in that meeting.”
US President Donald Trump has since cut funding to WHO, blaming the health agency for the global spread of the disease.
“The WHO failed in this basic duty and must be held accountable,” he said.