In slap at China, US praises South Africa's detection of new COVID-19 strain

In slap at China, US praises South Africa's detection of new COVID-19 strain

Omicron Variant

28/11/2021 2:56:00 AM

In slap at China, US praises South Africa's detection of new COVID-19 strain

WASHINGTON: The United States praised South Africa on Saturday (Nov 27) for quickly identifying the new COVID-19 strain called Omicron and sharing this information with the world - a barely veiled slap at China'

and sharing this information with the world - a barely veiled slap at China's handling of the original outbreak of the novel coronavirus.Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with South Africa's international relations and cooperation minister, Naledi Pandor, and they discussed cooperation on vaccinating people in Africa against COVID-19, the State Department said.

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"Secretary Blinken specifically praised South Africa's scientists for the quick identification of the Omicron variant and South Africa's government for its transparency in sharing this information, which should serve as a model for the world," the statement said.

Related:Israel to ban entry of foreigners from all countries over Omicron COVID-19 variantFirst under Donald Trump and now under President Joe Biden, the United States has repeatedly criticised China as not being forthcoming on the origins of the coronavirus, which was first detected in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan before spreading around the world. It has now killed nearly 5.2 million people. headtopics.com

In August of this year the US intelligence community released a report in which it said it could not reach a firm conclusion on the origins of the virus - among animals or in a research lab were top scenarios - because China had not helped in the US probe.

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The US has also accused Beijing of waiting too long before sharing crucial information about the outbreak, saying that a more transparent handling could have helped halt the spread of the virus.After the US report was issued this summer, Biden accused Beijing of stonewalling.

"The world deserves answers, and I will not rest until we get them," Biden said in a statement after that unclassified report came out."Responsible nations do not shirk these kinds of responsibilities to the rest of the world."The pandemic is one of many sources of acute tension today in US-China relations, as the two great powers clash over trade, human rights, and the prickly issue of Taiwan, among other matters.

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