China rejects WHO plan for next stage of coronavirus origins inquiry

China | 22 Jul 2021 11:04 am

China will not follow the suggested plan from the World Health Organization on the second phase of the coronavirus disease origins study as it contains language that does not respect science, vice head of the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Thursday, Reuters reports.

China opposes politicizing the origins study, Vice Minister of NHC Zeng Yixin told a press conference.

Zeng rejected Wuhan institute had 3 infected workers, carried out gain-of-function research and engineered virus, the China Daily reports.

There was zero infection among staff and students at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, said Yuan Zhiming, director of the National Biosafety Laboratory.

Study on the origin of the coronavirus on animals should be the focus of next phase and it should be carried out in countries and regions with bat distribution, said Liang Wannian, team leader of the Chinese side of the joint expert team of WHO-convened Global Study of Origins of SARS-CoV-2.

 



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