China has refused the plan of the World Health Organization (WHO) to conduct the second phase of investigation on the origin of the coronavirus.
“We will not accept such an origins-tracing plan as it, in some aspects, disregards common sense and defies science,” Zeng Yixin, vice-minister of the National Health Commission (NHC).
He also said that he had been “surprised” to regard the lab leak as a research goal in the investigation’s second phase.
“In some aspects, the WHO’s plan for next phase of investigation of the coronavirus origin doesn’t respect common sense, and it’s against science. It’s impossible for us to accept such a plan,” he said.
“No worker or researcher at the WIV (Wuhan Institute of Virology) got infected by a coronavirus,” Zeng said in response to US State Department assertions that many staff at the WIV became ill shortly before the first confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Zeng also hoped that WHO would seriously review the considerations and suggestions made by Chinese experts and truly treat the origin tracing of the COVID-19 virus as a scientific matter, and get rid of political interference.
In March, the WHO released an early report from its research into the origins of Covid-19, concluding that the virus most likely began in an animal before spreading to humans around December 2019.