United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on December 18 lambasted China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for “still spreading disinformation” regarding the COVID-19 pandemic even after more than a year of the world being rocked by the highly-infectious disease first detected in the Asian nation.

Further deteriorating US-China relations that are already at an all-time low, Pompeo accused CCP of obstructing the investigation led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to determine origin and spread of the novel coronavirus. According to the US Secretary of State, CCP is also pushing its vaccine candidates without transparency that is further ‘putting the world at risk’ along with the Chinese citizens.