China ‘shocked’ by WHO plan for COVID-19 origins examine

China can’t settle for the World Health Organization’s plan for the second part of a examine into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official mentioned Thursday.

Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the National Health Commission, mentioned he was shocked by the plan and particularly, the idea that the virus would possibly have leaked from a Chinese lab.

He dismissed the idea as a hearsay that runs counter to frequent sense and science.

“It is impossible for us to accept such an origin-tracing plan,” he mentioned at a information convention known as to deal with the COVID-19 origins problem.

The seek for the origins of the virus has turn out to be a diplomatic problem that has worsened China’s relations with the U.S. and plenty of of its allies. The U.S. and others say that China has not been clear about what occurred within the early days of the pandemic. China accuses critics of politicizing a difficulty that ought to be left to scientists.

Liang Wannian, the Chinese co-leader of the joint China-WHO investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, speaks at a press convention in Beijing on Thursday. Chinese officers dismiss the idea that the virus would possibly have leaked from a Chinese lab. (Mark Schiefelbein/The Associated Press)

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, acknowledged final week that it was untimely to rule out a possible hyperlink between the pandemic and a leak from a Chinese government lab in Wuhan, the town where the illness was first detected in late 2019.

Zeng mentioned the Wuhan lab has no virus that can immediately infect people. He famous that a WHO-coordinated staff of worldwide consultants who visited the lab earlier this 12 months concluded that a lab leak was extremely unlikely.

Most consultants consider the virus almost definitely jumped from animals to people. The extremely politicized debate centres on whether or not a lab leak is so unlikely that the idea ought to be dominated out as a risk, or if it deserves additional examine.

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