Commenting on the serious allegations against China for withholding and covering up information on the deadly COVID-19 that led to the coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau said that it is “too early to draw firm conclusions."
Canada is part of the intelligence alliance Five Eyes, which has blamed China for the coronavirus outbreak.
Trudeau's comments came hours after multiple global media organisations put out reports based on a leaked intelligence dossier that alleged that China had destroyed evidence of the coronavirus pandemic that led to its worldwide spread. The 15-page dossier came from the Five Eyes intelligence bloc, comprising the United States, Canada, England, New Zealand, and Australia.
However, while commenting on the topic at a daily media briefing in Ottawa, the Canadian prime minister maintained a guarded stand saying “it is still early to draw firm conclusions and indeed our focus remains on how we are working to protect Canadians.”
“We will continue to work with intelligence agencies around the world, not just the Five Eyes but friends and partners as well and look to find answers to the many questions people are asking.”
While Canada took the route of diplomacy, the United States has been vocal about its criticism of China. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged that there is “enormous evidence” the virus leaked from a virology laboratory in Wuhan.
This is not the first scathing comment from a US official; US President Donald Trump has been increasingly critical of China over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. He claims to have proof the virus started in a Chinese laboratory.