‘China world’s biggest pandemic risk. If we don’t act…’: Vivek Ramaswamy

Republican presidential aspirant Vivek Ramaswamy has criticized the current US administration’s “little interest” towards getting to the root cause of the covid pandemic. The Indian-American biotech entrepreneur who has entered the race for presidency said “China is still the world’s biggest pandemic risk. If we don’t act, expect even worse in the future.”

“It’s telling that our biosecurity state & the “pandemic preparedness” crowd has taken such little interest in getting to the bottom of the Chinese lab leak that caused the pandemic,” he tweeted while sharing an opinion piece from Wall Street Journal titled “China Remains the World’s Pandemic Risk.”

In that column, Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. argues that “why did it suddenly explode in Wuhan? Did it undergo changes in a human host before sparking a global epidemic? We don’t know and won’t without access to early human and animal samples that the Chinese have refused to share.”

Earlier this week, FBI Director Christopher Wray in an interview with Fox News said his agency believes the Covid-19 pandemic was “most likely” caused by an incident in a laboratory in Wuhan, China. “The FBI has for quite some time now assessed that the origins of the pandemic are most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan,” he said.

The comments come after a report earlier this week said the US Department of Energy had determined that a leak from a Chinese lab was the most likely cause of the Covid-19 outbreak. The FBI director also accused the Chinese government of trying to stall US efforts to investigate the causes of the pandemic.

Son of Indian immigrants, Ramaswamy had founded biotechnology company Roivant Sciences in 2014 before becoming the partner of a hedge fund. He is also the author of the books “Woke, Inc.”. Ramaswamy enters the crowded Republican field that already includes former President Donald Trump and his former ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. After Nikki Haley, he is the second Indian-American to enter the Republican presidential primary. (With Agency Inputs)

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