The United States considers China’s position on investigating the circumstances of the pandemic to be irresponsible and dangerous. This was stated on Thursday at a regular briefing for journalists by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
“The United States supports the WHO plan [The World Health Organization] on the second phase [of the study of the origin of the coronavirus],” she said. “Of course, we have seen the comments of the PRC that rejected the second phase of the study, and we are deeply disappointed. Their position is irresponsible and, frankly, dangerous, “Psaki argued.
“We continue to call on China to provide the necessary access to data and samples, which is necessary so that we can understand and prevent the next pandemic,” the White House spokeswoman added.
On Thursday, the deputy head of the State Committee for Hygiene and Health of the People’s Republic of China, Zeng Yixin, said that the plan proposed by the WHO for the second stage of the study of the origin of the coronavirus contains wording that “does not respect science and common sense”, and China will not follow it.
Earlier, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the organization is preparing for the second stage of studying the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and expects transparency from the Chinese authorities. He noted that the first phase faced certain problems. One of them he called “access to data, especially to data on the beginning of the pandemic.”
Ghebreyesus also did not rule out that the spread of the coronavirus could be the result of an “emergency in the laboratory.” In response, the Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed hope that WHO experts will pay more attention to the theory that the coronavirus was brought to Wuhan along with frozen food, and did not appear as a result of a leak from the laboratory during the new stage of research.