China’s rejection of the WHO’s next phase of investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic has come under fire from the US government.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Thursday (22/7) called the rejection irresponsible and dangerous.
“Their attitude is irresponsible and frankly dangerous … This is not the time to get in the way,” Psaki told reporters, after Beijing strongly criticized the WHO’s request to audit laboratories in areas where coronavirus cases were first identified, including the city of Wuhan. in China.
China, the Associated Press news agency reported on Thursday, said it could not accept the World Health Organization’s plans for a phase two study on the origins of COVID-19 if its investigations returned to the theory that the virus might have leaked from a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan.
“Studies that have been carried out in the first stage, especially those with clear conclusions, should not be repeated,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.
China has often denied accusations that the pandemic originated in Wuhan and was allowed to spread by early bureaucratic missteps and cover-ups.
The search for its origins has become a diplomatic issue that has fueled the deterioration of China’s relations with the US and many of America’s allies.
The US and other countries say China has not been transparent about what happened in the early days of the pandemic. [my/jm]