China refused to cooperate with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the second phase of the WHO-convened Global Study of Origins of SARS-CoV-2. This was stated by the vice minister of the National Health Commission Zeng Yixin, as AP reports.
Yixin said he was “rather taken aback” that the plan includes further investigation of the theory that the virus might have leaked from a Chinese lab.
“It is impossible for us to accept such an origin-tracing plan,” he pointed.
"Zeng said the Wuhan lab has no virus that can directly infect humans and noted that the WHO team concluded that a lab leak was highly unlikely," the message reads.
To note, the WHO team concluded that the virus most likely jumped from animals to humans, probably from bats to an intermediate animal. The experts visited markets in Wuhan that had sold live animals, and recommended further study of the farms that supplied the market.
As it was reported earlier, in January, a group of WHO experts arrived in Wuhan in Central China to determine the coronavirus origin. Soon, the WHO experts announced the results of their study. The researchers concluded that the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in December 2019 was much wider than previously thought and that Covid-19 circulated in China long before that time.