There is no sense in World Health Organisation’s plan on second phase of coronavirus origin-tracing which focuses on lab leak theory, China’s Deputy Head of the National Health Commission (NHC), Zeng Yixin, said on Thursday, adding that the country will not follow the WHO’s suggestion.
He said, “I was surprised when I saw WHO’s origin-tracing plan for the second phase.
“The plan has set the assumption of China leaking the virus due to violating research instructions as one of the research priorities.”
He noted that “the plan indicates disrespect to common sense and the arrogant attitude toward science.”
Zeng, who acknowledged the report by all WHO experts in March which said the “lab leak” was “extremely unlikely” strongly refuted rumors including one about three staff getting sick because of the coronavirus and the other one about the institute conducting functional gain experiment. “They’re pure lies,” he said.
“The most similar coronavirus the institute collected from the bats for research before the outbreak was RaTG-13, which shares 96.2 percent homology with SAR-COV-2, a far different one in science,” Zeng said.