"The Zika virus, the Marburg virus, and Ebola, were all named after the places of origin. In fact, MERS stands for the Middle Eastern respiratory virus. That's an older coronavirus," Ramaswamy announced in a Fox News interview.
The "Woke, Inc." author announced that other COVID-19 variants uniquely refer to a "UK strain, the South African strain, the Brazilian strain, [but] Wuhan is off-limits."
"And we have to ask ourselves why. And the answer is crystal clear to me. It is that China has mastered the art of using wokeness as a geopolitical tool against the United States," Ramaswamy explained.
"And if there is any doubt about that, just look at the comments of Xi Jinping when European leaders pressed him last year on their human rights record. He cites Black Lives Matter as a way of saying the U.S. is no better. Their top diplomat in Alaska last month falsely claimed that Black Americans are being slaughtered. And he hopes the U.S. does better on human rights."
Ramaswamy responded on Wednesday to Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted being scrutinized for using the term "Wuhan Virus" in a recent Twitter post.
"So it appears it was the Wuhan Virus after all?" Husted tweeted Friday in response to an Axios story titled, "Ex-CDC director says he believes coronavirus originated in Wuhan lab."
CDC Director Robert Redfield insisted the virus was made in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The virus then fled and infected the world. Though, the origin of the virus has not yet been verified. The concerns over Ramaswamy's comments came after a recent spike in anti-Asian crimes.
"They have mastered this game and they are using Americans here as pawns by now, deflecting accountability for COVID-19 by claiming that any allusion to China is now racist. And that's laughable," Ramaswamy said.
Though, even Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan blamed China for the originating virus, stating that “This virus actually is not from nature,”
“It is a man-made virus created in the lab based on the very unique bat coronavirus which cannot affect people but after the modifications it becomes a very harmful virus. So I have evidence to show why they can do it, what they have done, how they do it.”
“Based on the virus genome, it’s basically like our fingerprint so you can see the very unusual characters in their genome, which clearly, based on the other evidence they left during the modification, we can finally see that this comes from their own special bat coronavirus.”