China rejected the plan for a second phase of studies by World Health Organization (WHO) into the origin of the noble coronaviru which includes the hypothesis that could have escaped from a Chinese laboratory.
Earlier this month, the WHO proposed a second phase of investigation into the origins of the noble coronavirus in China which includes audits of their laboratories and markets in the city of Wuhan and also called for transparency from authorities.
The vice minister of the National Health Commission of China, Zeng Yixin told reporters at a press conference, "We will not accept such an origins-tracing plan as it, in some aspects, disregards common sense and defies science."
Zeng Yixin said he was shocked when he read that the WHO plans the second phase enquiry because it lists the hypothesis that a Chinese violation of laboratory protocols had caused the virus to leak during its research.
Yixin added more,"We hope the WHO would seriously review the considerations and suggestions made by Chinese experts and truly treat the origin tracing of the COVID-19 virus as a scientific matter, and get rid of political interference."
Zeng said that China opposed politicising the study.
Along with other officials and experts at the news conference urged the WHO to expand origin tracing efforts beyond China to other countries.
Liang Wannian who is the leader of Chinese team said on the WHO expert team that they believe a lab leak is extremely unlikely and it is not necessary to invest anymore energy and efforts in this regard.
The first known cases of highly contagious virus Covid-19 emerged in city Wuhan of China in December 2019. The contagious virus was believed to have surged from animals to humans that are being sold for food at a city market.