The proposal of the World Health Organization (WHO) to advance a second phase of the study on the origin of covid-19 was not accepted by China, considering that this call, in its current version, is compromised by political manipulation and It does not respect the criteria of science, declared this Thursday the deputy director of the National Health Commission of the Asian country, Zeng Yixin.
During a press conference, the Chinese official he claimed that the WHO plan to focus on the alleged leak from a laboratory as a possible cause of the onset of the pandemic is a lack of respect for common sense and a display of arrogance in the face of science.
With similar rhetoric, Yuan Zhiming, laboratory director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, also dismissed allegations that SARS-CoV-2 could have escaped from one of the two Wuhan laboratories, reiterating that “the general consensus of the academic community is that the coronavirus was generated naturally. “
Likewise, he affirmed that no employee or student of the city’s Virology Institute was infected with the coronavirus and that, in fact, no strain was stored in the facilities before December 2019. He also maintained that before that date he never had the institute had the opportunity to study the coronavirus, and that in any case there was never any leak from the P4 laboratory.
- Last Friday, the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, proposed to carry out a second phase of studies on the origins of the coronavirus, which includes audits of laboratories and markets in Wuhan, and again requested transparency from the Chinese authorities.
- A day earlier, Adhanom claimed that China has not yet delivered the WHO raw data about covid-19 that the agency requested in early 2020, which would undermine investigations to determine how the virus emerged.