China is opposed to carrying out a new investigation into the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic in its territory, following a request made by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Asian nation affirms that it supports a scientific and not a political point of view to address the beginning of the health crisis.
“We oppose the politicization in the search for the origins and the abandonment of the China-WHO report,” said Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu. “We advocate for science-supported research,” he added.
This Thursday, August 12, the WHO informed all countries, especially China, of the need to carry out new research and share information on the first cases of infections.
The international body stressed the importance of having all the data to investigate the theory that the virus may have escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the pandemic originated.
“Specifically to address the laboratory hypothesis, it is important to have access to all the information and to consider the best scientific practices and to observe the mechanisms that the WHO already has in place,” the health agency reported.
According to China, the WHO is acting under political pressure on the study of the origins of COVID-19.
Following the commission sent to China earlier this year, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that investigations inside the Wuhan laboratories had not been deep enough.
This fueled the belief that the Asian giant may be hiding information about the first days of the health emergency in its territory.