Beijing: China on Thursday rejected the World Health Organization’s (WHO) plan for a phase II study to find out the origin of the coronavirus. China has expressed surprise at the proposal of WHO. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) vice-chairman Zeng Yishin said on Thursday that China opposes politicizing the study of the origin of the virus.
China’s sharp reaction came after the statement of WHO chief Tedros Adhanom. He said last week that it was too early to rule out a possible link between the Covid-19 pandemic and a lab leak. The WHO had proposed a Phase II study to China to investigate the origin of the corona virus, which also included auditing the Wuhan lab and market. Along with this, more transparency was demanded from China in the investigation of scientists.
China called the proposal a disrespect of scientific facts
Geng said that China cannot accept the current version of the WHO plan because it has been politically manipulated and it disregards scientific facts. Chinese state media quoted Zeng as saying that the second phase of the proposed study listed the hypothesis that China had violated lab rules and leaked the virus as a research object. He said that he was very surprised to read the proposal.
Zeng said that “WHO should carefully consider the advice of Chinese scientists. The origin of the Kovid-19 virus should be investigated as a scientific question free from political interference and there should be a continuous and proper investigation of the origin of the virus in different countries.
China has been denying virus origin from the lab
China has been strongly opposed to international opinion that a high-security bio lab in Wuhan is said to be the source of the virus. China has been denying this. The first cases of corona virus were identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. Millions of people have lost their lives due to the pandemic and crores have been infected. The global economy has come to a standstill due to the pandemic.
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