Officials denied that China’s response lacked transparency and insisted that laboratory leaks were “extremely unlikely.”
China rejected a proposal by the World Health Organization (WHO) that the expert group investigating the origin of COVID-19 should return to the place where the coronavirus first appeared in China, saying that researchers should prioritize the “very likely” that the virus originated in animals and The possibility of expanding their work to other countries in the world.
Zeng Yixin, vice minister of China’s National Health Commission, said at a press conference of the National Information Commission that he was “surprised” by the World Health Organization’s proposal that the team return to Wuhan, which they visited earlier this year.
It has been said that such a move is “unscientific.”
Yuan Zhiming of the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory also refuted the idea that the virus may have escaped from one of the two research laboratories in a city in central China.
“The general consensus in academia is that the coronavirus is a natural occurrence,” he said.