GOP Sen says China is trying to sabotage the development of the coronavirus vaccine Rick Scott blames it.
“We have to do this vaccine. Unfortunately, we have evidence that Communist China is trying to sabotage or slow us down,” Scott of Florida said Sunday. BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show.”
Scott, formerly governor of Florida, did not provide evidence for the claim, but noted that he could not share all the intelligence he sees.
“It came to our intelligence community. I’m there [the Senate Armed Services Committee], So there are clearly things I can’t discuss about getting the information I provide [on]. But there is evidence that they are trying to sabotage or slow it down, ”Scott said.
Beijing said it would not “encourage” the United States or the United Kingdom to create the first vaccine.
The ruling Communist Party “has decided to be an enemy to the Americans. I think for democracy around the world,” he said.
Scott said the vaccine was vital to the US economy’s return, and that if China first developed it, “they were not going to share.”
President Trump has strongly criticized China’s role in the epidemic and accused the country of not releasing it in a timely manner, so other countries may take precautions against the corona virus.
The virus was first recorded in Wuhan, China in late December.