Zeng Yixin, deputy head of the National Health Commission, informed a press convention in Beijing he had been “surprised” to see the lab leak listed as a analysis goal beneath the second phase of the investigation.
“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 mentioned.
Zeng additionally appeared to answer US State Department claims that a number of employees on the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell sick shortly earlier than the primary documented circumstances of Covid-19, saying “no worker or researcher at the WIV got infected by coronavirus.”
Little new proof has emerged to assist the idea that the virus was the end result of an unintended leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the place coronavirus analysis was believed to have been carried out on bats, and lots of scientists acquainted with the analysis say such a leak is unlikely.
“We ask China to be transparent and open and to cooperate,” he informed a information convention. “We owe it to the millions who suffered and the millions who died to know what happened.”
“China’s position on the issue of global origin-tracing is consistent and clear. (The) origins study is a scientific issue. All parties should respect the opinions of scientists and scientific conclusions, instead of politicizing the issue,” he mentioned.