Leading US senator Rick Scott said China “intentionally” allowed the spread of the coronavirus to the rest of the world in a bombshell revelation. Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr, the Florida Republican also claimed that there is evidence China is attempting to “slow down or sabotage” the development of a COVID-19 vaccine in the West. When pressed on proof, Mr Scott said the evidence was from the US intelligence community, meaning he was not able to divulge further details.
Andrew Marr appeared stunned when Rick Scott told BBC viewers: “It is frustrating what China did to all of us.
“They didn’t just do it to us, they did it to Britain also and the rest of the world.
“They lied about this and we could have prepared better.
“Communist China intentionally appeared to do this, along with the help of the WHO.”
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Leading US senator Rick Scott revealed that China “intentionally” allowed the spread of the COVID-19
Andrew Marr appeared stunned when Rick Scott made the remark
The bombshell claim was followed up with the assertion China has interfered in research towards finding a vaccine for the pandemic virus.
He explained: “Unfortunately we have evidence that Communist China is trying to sabotage us or slow it down.
“China does not want us to do it first, they have decided to be an adversary to Americans and I think to democracy around the world.”
Marr questioned: “When you say the West has evidence China is trying to stop vaccine develop, what do you mean?”
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He responded: “There are things I can’t discuss. I get provided information.”
Last month, US cybersecurity agents announced an investigation into efforts by Chinese-linked hackers to compromise US research labs working on a coronavirus vaccine.
China denied the accusations as “rumours and slanders”.
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Rick Scott said China has interfered in research towards finding a vaccine for the pandemic virus
Mr Scott continued: “This vaccine is really important to all of us getting our economy going again.
“What I really believe is whether England does it first or we do it first, we are going to share. Communist China, they are not going to share.”
Tensions between the US and China have intensified since the onset of the pandemic, with the Trump administration blaming Beijing for failing to stop the virus from breaking into a global crisis.
Deaths caused by the virus passed 400,000 worldwide on Sunday.