The Chinese Foreign Ministry has warned of what it described as possible “political manipulation” about the origins of the Corona virus, by launching a new investigation by the World Health Organization.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the World Health Organization issued a proposed list of 25 experts to advise it on the next steps in the search for the origins of the emergence of the emerging corona virus, after attacking the organization’s previous efforts by China, where the first human cases of the virus were discovered in late 2019.
China was accused of withholding preliminary data on early infections during a visit by a WHO team last February, and Beijing has since rejected calls for further investigations, saying the United States and other countries are “politicizing this file.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said his country “will continue to support and participate in global scientific tracking, and firmly oppose any form of political manipulation.”
“We hope that all relevant parties, including the World Health Organization, will adhere to an objective and responsible scientific attitude,” Zhao said in a press statement Thursday, at a daily press conference.
Among the experts proposed by the organization were doctors who were part of the original team that went to the central Chinese city of Wuhan to investigate the origins of the virus.
The findings of this team led by the World Health Organization were “inconclusive”, and experts issued a report concluding that it was “extremely unlikely” that the Corona virus had leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, prompting criticism from scientists that this theory was not properly examined.
For his part, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, later said that it was “too early to reject the theory of the virus leaking from the laboratory.”
Source: “Associated Press”
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