China has rejected the World Health Organization’s (WHO) plan for the second phase of an investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 virus.
The WHO proposed to begin the second phase of investigation this month, which would include investigations into laboratories and markets in the region.
Vice minister of the National Health Commission, Zeng Yixin, claimed China will not accept such a plan, claiming it “defies science”.
“We will not accept such an origins-tracing plan as it, in some aspects, disregards common sense and defies science,” he said.
He went on to say he was taken aback by the proposal, as it lists the hypothesis that a violation of laboratory protocols has caused the virus to leak.
Zeng stood by China’s position that some information could not be completely shared due to privacy concerns.
“We hope the WHO would seriously review the considerations and suggestions made by Chinese experts and truly treat the origin tracing of the Covid-19 virus as a scientific matter, and get rid of political interference,” Zeng said.