The Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. claimed that after President Biden ordered an intelligence review of the origin of the virus, people’s “political manipulation” has become a conclusion.
Politicizing the source of COVID-19 will hinder further investigations and undermine global efforts to contain the pandemic. After the Chinese President’s Embassy in the United States, President Biden ordered a review of US intelligence on how and where the virus first appeared. Say.
The Washington, D.C. embassy said in a statement on its website Wednesday night: “Some political forces have focused their attention on political manipulation and (non-)accusation games.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to start the second phase of research on the origin of COVID-19, and China is under pressure to provide investigators with more access, because some people accuse SARS-CoV-2 from the laboratory’s research. The laboratory leaked. Wuhan City, the first COVID-19 case appeared at the end of 2019.
China has repeatedly denied that laboratories are responsible, accusing the United States and other countries of trying to transfer their ability to control the virus.
Biden said on Wednesday that U.S. intelligence agencies are divided on whether COVID-19 “derives from human contact with infected animals or laboratory accidents.”
Earlier this week, news showed that U.S. agencies were reviewing reports on: Three researchers in the Wuhan laboratory became ill in November 2019, so much so that they sought hospital care.
Dr. Amesh Adalja, an expert on biosafety and emerging infectious diseases, told Al Jazeera: “We are beginning to see a large flow of evidence that the Chinese government has not yet been transparent.” “We heard about Wuhan virology research. The staff of the institute fell ill. We know that this situation has been spreading since November 2019. We have seen that the Chinese government is very reluctant to let the press investigate its origin. This virus, so I think it has triggered concerns about making China The government adapts to questions about what might happen in the early stages of the pandemic.”
Huang Yanzhong, a senior researcher for global health at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, said that China’s lack of openness is a key factor in China’s revival. Laboratory leak theory.
He said: “There is nothing new to prove this hypothesis.” “When investigating the origin of the pandemic, it is really important to maintain transparency to build trust in the results of the investigation.”
After successfully suppressing the virus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, China has stepped up its efforts to control influenza pandemic reports. Wuhan is a city in central China. At the end of 2019, a mysterious new type of viral pneumonia was discovered for the first time.
Informers, reporters and families of the victims are here Under pressure. Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist, was one of the first to warn the public about the virus and was detained by the police for spreading “rumors.”. In December last year, former reporter Zhang Zhan, a citizen journalist, was accused of “provoking and causing trouble” and sentenced to four years in prison for his work in the early stages of the outbreak. Others will also face trial on similar charges.
The Chinese Embassy said that it supports “a comprehensive study of all early COVID-19 cases discovered around the world, and a thorough investigation of some secret bases and biological laboratories around the world.”
The “Global Times” tabloid of the ruling Communist Party “People’s Daily” newspaper group said on Wednesday night that if it wants to further study the “laboratory leak theory,” the United States should also allow investigators to enter its own facilities, including Fort Fort’s laboratory de Terry. Grams.
Jamie Metzl, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank, said: “It is clear that they are trying to get their way out of trouble,” and he has been conducting new independent investigations.
A joint study published in March by China and the World Health Organization stated that this is The possibility of SARS-CoV-2 leaking from the laboratory is extremely small, Adding that it is likely to have spread from bats to humans through an as yet unidentified intermediate species.
China also continues to point out that COVID-19 may have originated elsewhere and entered the country through frozen food or infection from the wildlife trade network in southeastern China.
“The epidemic started in China,” Metzl said. “Let’s start with a full investigation there and expand as needed. In short, this [statement from the embassy] It is a cruel insult to everyone who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy and their families. “
CFR’s Huang said that further investigations into the origin of COVID-19 are at a “stalemate.”
Huang said: “Ideally, you want China to be more cooperative and more transparent.” “But now, this issue has become politicized, and the risk of investigation is so high.”