The World Health Organization wants to continue investigations into the origin of Covid-19 and China says: No thanks!
The first stage of the WHO origin study was fairly incomplete because Chinese laboratories hardly participated. Now, WHO wants to begin the second phase of research that will include audits of laboratories and markets in the city of Wuhan.
China rejected this proposal. The vice minister of the National Health Commission said “We will not accept such an origins-tracing plan as it, in some aspects, disregards common sense and defies science.”
The Chinese government continues to assert that it cannot abide lab audits and open data requests out of privacy concerns. The company line is that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely” and it is “not necessary to invest more energy and efforts in this regard.”