57 F
New York
Sunday, October 17, 2021

China warns against ‘political manipulation’ in new probe of coronavirus origins

China is warning against “political manipulation” in the new probe into the origins of the coronavirus the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Wednesday.

Beijing will “continue to support and participate in global scientific tracing and firmly oppose any forms of political manipulation,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters Thursday, The Associated Press reported.

“We hope that all parties concerned, including the WHO secretariat and the advisory group, will effectively uphold an objective and responsible scientific attitude,” Zhao added.

The WHO had earlier announced a 26-member team, called the Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens, that will renew an investigation into the origins of COVID-19. 

The WHO had previously investigated the origins of the coronavirus, finding it most likely came from an animal, but the report was heavily criticized, with people saying the organization did not have enough evidence to make that conclusion.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus later agreed and said the theory the coronavirus came from a lab in Wuhan, China, shouldn’t have been dismissed so quickly.

The U.S. led its own investigation into the origins of the virus and also found inconclusive evidence on whether the virus was transmitted by an animal or started in a laboratory. 

One of the biggest reported difficulties in determining the origins of the virus has been China’s unwillingness to release data that has been requested.

Beijing has denied multiple times the virus started in a laboratory, calling the investigations a form of “political maneuvering.”

Source

Related Articles

Haiti: US missionaries reportedly kidnapped in Port-au-Prince

As many as 17 American Christian missionaries and their families have reportedly been kidnapped. Source

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Articles

Haiti: US missionaries reportedly kidnapped in Port-au-Prince

As many as 17 American Christian missionaries and their families have reportedly been kidnapped. Source

Johnson and Johnson vaccine recipients urged to get booster shot ASAP

Experts are urging those who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to get the booster shot as soon as possible after a new study...

The Court of Owls Strikes In the New Gotham Knights Trailer

The Court of Owls Strikes In the New Gotham Knights TrailerBatman is out of the picture in Gotham Knights. Regardless of whether you believe that...