US President Donald Trump said that his country will definitely report on the origin of COVID-19 soon.
“We will be reporting very definitively over a period of time,” he told reporters at the White House.
Trump also said that China should have informed the US about the virus. He added that he has not spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, will testify before a Senate panel, Trump told reporters.
“Doctor Fauci will be testifying in front of the Senate and he looks forward to doing that,” Trump said.
Last week, Fauci was blocked from testifying on the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic. White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said it would be counterproductive for Fauci to testify before Congress while dealing with the ongoing battle against COVID-19.
The US President has been lashing out at China for allegedly concealing the outbreak and mismanaging the crisis in its initial stages. Trump claims intelligence data suggests that the coronavirus leaked from a lab in the city of Wuhan. The World Health Organisation, however, says that the genome sequencing indicates that the virus’s source is natural.