Zeng Yixin, deputy director of the National Health Commission, told a news conference in Beijing that he was “surprised” to see the laboratory leak listed as a research target during the second phase of the investigation.
“In some respects, the WHO’s plan for the next phase of the investigation of coronavirus origin does not respect common sense, and it is against science. It is impossible for us to accept such a plan,” he said.
Zeng also appeared to be responding to U.S. State Department claims that several workers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology became ill shortly before the first documented cases of Covid-19, saying “no worker or researcher at WIV became infected with coronavirus.”
Some new evidence has emerged to support the theory that the virus was the result of an unintentional leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where coronavirus research was thought to be performed on bats, and many researchers familiar with the research say that a such leakage is unlikely.
“We ask China to be transparent and open and cooperate,” he told a news conference. “We owe it to millions who suffered and millions who died to know what happened.”
“China’s position on the issue of global origin tracing is consistent and clear. (The origin survey is a scientific topic. All parties should respect the opinions and scientific conclusions of researchers instead of politicizing the issue,” he said.