17 January 2022,   12:11
Mike Pompeo calls on WHO to punish those who hide information about coronavirus

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to say whether the U.S. would persue some sort of punitive action against China following reports that it falsified its data on COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Both Pompeo and Donald Trump have stopped short of openly condemning China’s handling of its outbreak in Wuhan, though Pompeo did say China had a “special responsibility” to provide accurate data to the world as quickly as possible when its outbreak first started.

“This is not the time for retribution”, - he said, adding that the U.S. would look at whether China fulfilled its duty at a later date.

Pompeo also echoed Trump on whether the U.S. would freeze funding for the World Health Organization, which Trump has criticized as being too “China-centric” amid the pandemic.

The U.S. intelligence community had reportedly concluded by mid-March that China was actively falsifying its coronavirus cases and death numbers during and after the outbreak in Wuhan.