Islam News – Chinese officials said they were shocked and offended by the proposition to further investigate whether the coronavirus emerged from a lab in Wuhan, according to The New York Times.
“This plan revealed a lack of respect for common sense and an arrogant attitude toward science,” said Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the Chinese National Health Commission. “We can’t possibly accept such a plan for investigating the origins.”
The dispute exposes a widening rift over the inquiry into the origins of the pandemic, as the “lab leak” idea gains credibility. Some scientists have said earlier dismissals were premature, and the U.S. has joined other governments in pressing China for more information.
In March, a report released after a joint investigation by the W.H.O. and China said it was “extremely unlikely” that the coronavirus escaped from a lab.
In recent days, Chinese government spokespeople have reiterated claims — widely dismissed by scientists — that the coronavirus may have escaped from a U.S. military laboratory.