Secretary of State Tony Blinken vowed to “get to the bottom” of the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak — but declined to specify how the US would hold China accountable if it’s found to have covered up a potential lab leak.
“We have to get to the bottom of what happened,” Blinken said in an interview with “Axios on HBO” Sunday.
“There’s accountability, but from my perspective the most important thing, and the most important reason we have to get to the bottom of this, is that’s the only way we’re going to be able to prevent the next pandemic, or at least do a better job in mitigating it,” he added, without elaborating on what that accountability could look like.
The US’s top diplomat also slammed China for continuing to not provide the “transparency we need, the international community – access for inspectors and experts, the sharing of information in real time.
“That has to happen,”