U.S. ambassador to the UK accuses China of endangering world with coronavirus

Mar. 26 – The U.S. ambassador to London, Woody Johnson, wrote in an article that China has endangered the world by suppressing information about the coronavirus outbreak and allowing it to spread in the whole world.

In an article for The Times newspaper, he wrote that they “first tried to suppress the news”, adding that Beijing had deliberately hindered the work of international health authorities.


Ambassador Woody Johnson gives Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo a tour of the new U.S. Embassy London building, in London, United Kingdom on January 30, 2020. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain]

U.S. President Donald Trump was extremely critical with China too, saying that Beijing should have acted faster to share information with the world in order to avoid the spread of the disease. After criticism of how these accusations can be harmful to Asian-Americans, the President had to make a partial reverse adding that Asian-Americans were not responsible for spreading the disease and that need to be protected.

Finally, Ambassador Johnson wrote that “when the crisis finally abates we should take stock of the outcome and evaluate the costs of this breakdown in international collaboration.โ€

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