China has rejected the World Health Organization’s (WHO) proposal to investigate further into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic and rejects the possibility that the virus leaked from the Wuhan lab.
The WHO announced that it would further its inquiry into the animal markets, laboratories, and research facilities around Wuhan and called on China to be more transparent. The WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on the Chinese Communist Party saying, “We owe it to the millions who suffered and the millions who died to know what happened.”
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China denied this proposal and the Vice Minister of the National Health Commission (NHC) Zeng Yixin, according to Reuters, told reporters, “We will not accept such origins-tracing plan as it, in some aspects, disregards common sense and defies science.” Instead China offered its own proposal to investigate the possibility of the virus originating from other countries. Mr. Zeng explained that he hoped the WHO would treat the investigation as a scientific matter and avoid political interference.
BBC News reported, “More than four million people have died worldwide since the start of the pandemic and the WHO has faced growing international pressure to further investigate the origins of the virus.” China continues to deny the accusations that the virus originated from a lab leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology and lead to the global pandemic.
The Hill reported that Mr. Zeng also stated that the Wuhan lab in question doesn’t contain viruses that could directly infect humans and referred back to the original WHO investigation that concluded the lab leak was unlikely. Despite that conclusion, the concerns of a potential lab leak have grown adding to the pressure to trace the origin of the pandemic and determine what caused the outbreak.