White House criticizes China for "dangerous" rejection of new COVID-19 probe
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday criticized China for have rejected "a new survey by the World Health Organization on the origins of COVID-19.
"We are deeply disappointed. Their position is irresponsible and frankly dangerous," Psaki said during his daily press briefing.
Zeng Yixin, vice minister of China's National Health Commission, said on Thursday that the authoritarian, communist-led nation would not comply with the proposed probe, which would audit markets and laboratories in Wuhan, China.
"We cannot accept this kind of plan for the search for the origin," Zeng said. He said the plan "did not respect common sense and violated science " ".
A firsthe China-controlled WHO survey have "concluded in March that the virus probably emerged naturally from animals - but the results have " drawn bipartisan contempt .
After being criticized for turning over to the WHO to investigate the origin of the pandemic, President Biden sharply rotated in May and ordered a 90 day review by an agency espionage on the possibility that the virus actually emerged - accidentally or deliberately - from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Researchers working at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. AFP via Images
The World Health Organization has launched a second probe from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. AFP via Images
Biden has "unconditionally joined the WHO although Republicans argue the body is ineffective.
Summarizing Republican critics with humor , Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) in a hurry Biden's chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, at a recent congressional hearing: "Can we agree that if you take President Xi Jinping and turn him upside down and rocked him? , the World Health Organization would fall out of pocket? "