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(Bloomberg) -- A senior Chinese health official rejected a U.S. report blaming China for stonewalling an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. China opposes the politicization of tracing the origins of the virus or using the subject as a tool to shift blame, according to Zeng Yixin, vice head of National Health Commission.
The Chinese government has always supported the scientific tracing of the coronavirus origins, but opposes politicizing the study or using it as a tool to shift blame, said Zeng Yixin, deputy head of China's National Health Commission, on Sunday. Zeng made the remarks in response to a U.S. intelligence community report on COVID-19 origins, which does not rule out either natural exposure or laboratory accident as the origin of SARS-CoV-2.
China last week rejected the World Health Organization's (WHO) suggested plan on the second phase of coronavirus origin-tracing, which prioritizes lab leak theory, saying it is against common sense and science. "I was surprised when I saw WHO's origin-tracing plan for the second phase," Zeng Yixin, deputy head of the National Health Commission (NHC), said at a press briefing.
China hopes that the World Health Organization (WHO) will consider the Covid-19 origin-tracing work as a scientific issue, sideline political interference, and promote tracing work in different countries and regions across the world, said the State Council Information Office (SCIO) in a press conference last week.
On Thursday, the Chinese government confirmed that it will not cooperate with a proposed second investigation into the possible origins of the coronavirus conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), as reported by CNN. The announcement was made by Deputy Head of China’s National Health Commission Zeng Yixin, who said at a press conference that he was “surprised” that the WHO’s proposal for the investigation included the possibility that the lab leak theory would be taken into consideration.
The Chinese government has bristled at international focus on China as the possible origin location of Covid-19 and instead insisted that it “has multiple origins and broke out in multiple places.” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO, outlined a plan recently for a second nvestigation in China of the origins of SARS-COV-2.
The Chinese government has spurred international focus on China as the possible location of origin of Covid-19, urging instead that it “has multiple origins and has erupted in multiple places.” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO, sketched a plan recently for a second investigation in China into the origin of SARS-COV-2.
Chinese health officials have rejected the World Health Organization’s (WHO) request to conduct a second study on the origins of COVID-19. WHO wants to conduct a second review because the first did not have enough raw data since it was so early in the pandemic.
China has dismissed the following phase of a World Health Organization (WHO) plan to examine the beginnings of the Covid pandemic. The WHO ought to review research centers in the space. There the infection got first distinguished. China Rejects WHO Plan For Second Phase Of Virus Origin Probe
Washington Post In proposing a Phase 2 investigation into the pandemic origins on July 16, the director general of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, attempted to navigate a fraught and contested topic. He emphasized the importance of scientists and science, called on China to cooperate, and be transparent and said both major hypotheses for how the pandemic began should be investigated: either a zoonotic spillover or a laboratory accident.
Reuters/ Geneva The World Health Organisation (WHO) called yesterday for all countries to work together to investigate the origins of the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19, a day after the Chinese government rejected plans for more checks on laboratories and markets in its territory. The first human cases of Covid-19 were reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.
BEIJING — China has declined the World Health Organization’s (WHO) proposal to participate in the second phase investigation of the Covid-19 origin study, a top Chinese official informed on July 22. The announcement was made after the possibility of the virus leaking from a Wuhan lab included in the proposal.
GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Friday for all countries to work together to investigate the origins of the coronavirus that caused COVID-19, a day after China rejected plans for more checks on labs and markets in its territory. The first human cases of COVID-19 were reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, said Thursday the delta variant of the coronavirus that results in COVID-19 “is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses we know of and that I have seen in my 20-year career.” Officials in Washington on Thursday urged people to get COVID vaccinations to protect themselves from the variant and to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
WIV Workers Not Infected With COVID-19; China Not Participating in Next Stage of WHO’s Investigation on the Virus’ Origin, Health Official Says
A Chinese government health official recently denied that the Wuhan Institute of Virology or WIV workers were not infected with COVID-19 shortly before the virus first occurred. According to a Newsweek report, the deputy head of China's National Health Commission, Zeng Yixin, commented at yesterday's press conference.
China on Thursday accused the World Health Organisation of “arrogance” and a “disrespect for common sense” as it proposed a second phase investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, media reports said. The WHO had, in March, concluded in a report that a laboratory leak was “extremely unlikely”.