The Chinese Embassy in the United States said on Thursday that politicizing the origins of COVID-19 would hamper investigations, after US President Joe Biden said the US intelligence community was divided over where the virus emerged .
As the World Health Organization prepares to begin a second phase of investigations into the origins of COVID-19, China has come under pressure to give more access to international investigators, amid several recent reports suggesting that he fled from a laboratory specializing in coronavirus research in the city of Wuhan.
China has repeatedly denied that the lab is responsible, saying the United States and other countries are trying to distract from their own failures to contain the virus.
The embassy said Thursday that “some political forces were obsessed with political manipulation and (the) blame game.”
China supports “a full study of all the first cases of COVID-19 found around the world and a full investigation of some secret bases and biological laboratories around the world,” she said in remarks attributed to a spokesperson. parole, published on its website.
“Very clearly they are trying to internationalize to get out of the traffic jam they’re in,” said Jamie Metzl, senior researcher for the Atlantic Council think tank, who has campaigned for a new independent inquiry. .
A joint China-WHO study published in March said it was highly unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 would leak from the lab, adding that it most likely spread from bats to humans via an as yet unidentified intermediate species.
China has also continued to report the possibility that COVID-19 originated from another country and entered through infected frozen food or through Southeast China’s wildlife trade networks.
The Global Times tabloid, which is part of the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper group, said Wednesday evening that if the “laboratory leak theory” was to be further investigated, the United States should also allow investigators to enter their own facilities.
“The pandemic started in China,” Metzl said. “Let’s start with a full investigation out there and expand if necessary. In short, this (embassy statement) is an outrageous insult to every person who died from the aftermath of this terrible tragedy and their families.
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