Officials deny that China’s responses lack transparency and insist on the loss of “extremely unlikely” laboratories.
China has rejected a proposal by the World Health Organization (WHO) that the team of experts investigating the origins of COVID-19 return to sites in China where the coronavirus was first born, saying the researchers will prioritize the “very likely” possibilities that the virus originated in animals and expand its work in other countries around the world.
Speaking at a press conference at the State Information Council Zeng Yixin, the deputy minister of China’s National Health Commission, said he was “surprised” that the WHO had proposed the team to return. in the places of Wuhan which they had visited earlier this year.
Zeng said such a move was “unscientific.”
Yuan Zhiming of the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, also rejected claims that the virus could have escaped from one of two research laboratories in the city center.
“The general consensus from the academic community is that the coronavirus was generated naturally,” he said.
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