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US senator Scott says China trying to sabotage vaccine development

Published: June 07, 2020 19:51:14 | Updated: June 08, 2020 19:53:17


File Photo: US Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) wears a face mask during a break in a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria File Photo: US Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) wears a face mask during a break in a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The United States has evidence China is trying to slow down or sabotage the development of a COVID-19 vaccine by Western countries, Republican senator Rick Scott said on Sunday, Reuters reports.

"We have got to get this vaccine done. Unfortunately we have evidence that communist China is trying to sabotage us or slow it down," he said during an interview on BBC TV.

"China does not want us ... to do it first, they have decided to be an adversary to Americans and I think to democracy around the world."

Asked what evidence the United States had, Scott declined to give details but said it had come through the intelligence community.

"This vaccine is really important to all of us getting our economy going again. What I really believe is whether England does it first or we do it first, we are going to share. Communist China, they are not going to share."

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