Bloomberg Law
Dec. 20, 2022, 12:05 PM

US Worries China Covid Outbreak Could Cause Virus Mutations (1)

Iain Marlow
Iain Marlow
Bloomberg News

The US is concerned China’s runaway Covid-19 outbreak might spawn new mutations of the virus, as the world’s most populous country continues to grapple with the impact of loosening “Covid Zero” protocols that had kept the pandemic at bay.

“When it comes to the current outbreak in China, we want to see this addressed,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a briefing on Monday. “We know that anytime the virus is spreading in the wild that it has the potential to mutate and to pose a threat to people everywhere.”

Staff transport a patient to a fever clinic at Huadong hospital in Shanghai on Dec. 19.
Photographer: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

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