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Vice Minister of the Chinese National Health Commission, Zeng Yixin, argued that the The idea that COVID-19 might have escaped from a Wuhan lab went against common sense and science. AP
China rejects World Health Organization calls for transparencyt to cooperation as the agency plans to continue its investigation into the origins of the pandemic - rather demanding that the organization dismiss the laboratory leak theory as a rumor.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Zeng Yixin, deputy minister of the National Health Commission said he was "rather baffled " by the investigation, arguing that the idea that COVID-19 could have escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan went against common sense and science.
"It is impossible for us to " 'accept such an origin research plan,' the senior Chinese health official said.
Zeng's comments came after the WHO presented its proposal last week for a second phase of its investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, which killed more than 4 million people worldwide.
At the time, the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, spoke for the firstre times critically on China's behavior regarding the virus - a rarity for the agency chief.
Tedros told reporters that the health agency "was in fact asking China to be transparent, open and to cooperate, especially on information, raw data that we requested at the start of the pandemic. "
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the health agency "is in fact asking China to bee transparent, open and cooperative ". AFP via Images
He also admitted that there had been "a premature push " to dismiss the theory of lab leaks, a contradiction to its own statements in February following a WHO mission to China which concluded it was "extremely " unlikely ".
"I was a lab technician myself, I'm an immunologist and worked in a lab, and lab accidents do happen," he said. "It's common. " "
In May, Biden has " ordered US spy agencies to conduct a one-day investigation into whether the virus that causes COVID-19 has been released by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
In a press release, Bidan saidclarified that two US spy agencies were leaning towards a theory that the virus would have emerged naturally from animals. A US spy agency leans towards the theory of laboratory release.
The White House said in May that it was not ruling out any possibilities, including the deliberate release of the virus.
In May, President Joe Biden ordered a 90-day investigation into whether COVID-19 was released by the Institute ofWuhan virology. POOL / AFP via Images
Biden's steep pivot to recognize possibility of lab leak has followed weeks of his administration relying on " 'World Health Organization for answers.
Trump pulled the United States out of the WHO, arguing it was beholden to China and didn ' t failed to warn the world of COVID-19 by gullible acceptance of fake Chinese data. Biden unconditionally joined the WHO.
The laboratory leak theory gained ground this year after that the the "Wall Street Journal reported that three Wuhan laboratory employees were "hospitalized in Novembere 2019 - just before the spread of the epidemic.
With post wires