Officials claimed that China’s response lacked transparency and insisted the laboratory leak was ‘extremely impossible’.
China has rejected a proposal from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the expert team probing the origins of COVID-19 should go back to the sites in China where the coronavirus first emerged, calling researchers “very likely should be given priority. The virus likely originated in animals and extends its work to other countries around the world.
Speaking at a news conference at the State Information Council, China’s National Health Commission deputy minister Zeng Yixin said he was “surprised” that the WHO had proposed to the team to return to the places in Wuhan they visited earlier this year. I had visited.
Zeng said such a move was “not scientific”.
Yuan Zhiming of the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory also dismissed claims that the virus may have escaped from one of two research laboratories in the central Chinese city.
“The general consensus by the academic community is that the coronavirus arose naturally,” he said.
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