US Senator accuses China of “intentionally” allowing coronavirus to spread and sabotaging attempts to find a vaccine

A LEADING US senator has accused China of sabotaging attempts to find a vaccine.

Rick Scott this morning claimed China “intentionally” allowed the virus to spread and were now trying to stop the West coming up with way to stop it.

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The Republican Senator accused China of letting the disease spread

Appearing on BBC’s Andrew Marr, the Republican Trump Supporter refused to give proof for his claims, suggesting that they were from US intelligence.

He said: “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.”

Mr Marr then asked for evidence, asking: “When you say the West has evidence China is trying to stop vaccine develop, what do you mean?”

The Florida politician 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 vaccine.

The Senator also claimed China let the virus spread “intentionally”.

He said: “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.”

The Trump administration previously criticized China’s government, accusing the country of not allowing the US to resume flights there.

Trump has frequently referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” and alleged the country covered up the severity of the outbreak before it hit the US.

On Friday, Trump announced he had cut ties with the World Health Organization.

He said China has affected the US relationship with the WHO.

Tensions between the two countries have increased over recent months.



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