Zeng Yixin, deputy head of the National Health Commission, told a press conference in Beijing that he was “surprised” to see the lab leak listed as a research target in the second. investigation phase.
“In some ways, the WHO’s plan for the next phase of investigation into the origin of the coronavirus does not respect common sense, and it is against the science. It is impossible for us to accept such a plan, ”he said.
Zeng also appeared to respond to claims by the US State Department that several workers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill shortly before the first documented cases of Covid-19, claiming that “no worker or researcher in the WIV has only been infected with a coronavirus “.
Little new evidence has emerged to support the theory that the virus was the result of an accidental leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where coronavirus research was conducted on bats, and many scientists familiar with the research say such a leak is unlikely.
“We ask China to be transparent and open and to cooperate,” he said at a press conference. “We owe it to the millions of people who have suffered and the millions who have died to know what happened.”
“China’s position on the question of global origin research is consistent and clear. (The) study of origins is a scientific matter. All parties should respect scientists’ opinions and scientific conclusions, instead to politicize the issue, “he said.