Thursday, 21 January 2021 | 07:53 WIB

US: China Should Have Been Able to Stop Coronavirus from Going Pandemic

United States (US) President Donald Trump (wikimedia)

WASHINGTON DC, NETRALNEWS.COM - United States (US) President Donald Trump says China should have been able to stop the coronavirus before it spread to all countries in the world.

He revealed that the United States was conducting a 'serious investigation' of what had happened.

"We are conducting a very serious investigation ... We are not happy with China," Trump said at a White House press conference.

"We believe it can be stopped at the source. It can be stopped quickly and will not spread throughout the world," Trump said.

Previously, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that all available evidence showed that the new coronavirus originated from an animal in China late last year, and that the virus was not manipulated or produced in the laboratory.

"All available evidence shows that the virus originated from animal and was not manipulated or built in a laboratory or elsewhere," WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib said.

"Most likely, the possibility of the virus originated from animals."

Chaib added that it is unclear how the virus jumped over the species barrier to humans, but there were certainly intermediary animal hosts.

"It's most likely that the virus has an ecological container in bats, but how the virus moved from bats to humans remains to be seen and discovered."

Chaib did not respond to a request to explain whether there was a chance the virus had escaped the laboratory by accident. The Wuhan Virology Institute has dismissed rumors that it was synthesizing the virus or letting it escape.

Meanwhile, when asked about the impact of Trump's decision last week to postpone funding to the UN agency for the handling of the corona virus pandemic, Chaib said WHO was still assessing the situation.

"We are still assessing the situation regarding the announcement by President Trump ... and we will assess the situation and we will work with our partners to fill any gaps."

"It is very important to continue what we are doing not only for COVID but for many, many, many, many other health programs," he added, referring to actions against polio, HIV and malaria, among other diseases.

He said that WHO had 81 percent funding for the next two years at the end of March, referring to the biennial budget of US $4.8 billion.

The US is the largest donor agency based in Geneva. Other major contributors are the Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom.