Beijing/Geneva – China has rejected the re-investigation into the claim that the origin of the Coronavirus was in China’s Wuhan lab. China has denied a new inquiry, claiming that some countries are politicising the Coronavirus issue. China’s refusal is believed to have reinforced the suspicions that China was hiding the origin of the Coronavirus. Last week, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), demanded that China allow a re-investigation.
Zhao Lijian, the spokesman of the Chinese foreign ministry, denied the demand for a re-investigation by saying, ‘The World Health Organization has proposed a second phase to study the origin of the Coronavirus. This proposal is inconsistent with the position taken by China and many other countries. Some countries are trying to politicise the issue of Coronavirus origin. China is concerned about this.’
A report submitted by the WHO a few months ago denied the involvement of the Wuhan lab. At that time, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus also supported the report. Before the report, he had consistently sided with China. But since then, the sudden change of opinion by the WHO chief last week has been eye-catching. The developments taking place at the international level are responsible for this.
Since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2019, China’s role in this has been suspicious. China has consistently suppressed Coronavirus information to avoid reprimands. It also published petty claims that it originated in other countries. The voices of Chinese researchers who spoke about the Coronavirus pandemic were suppressed. Several journalists were also reported missing.
However, in the wake of China’s ongoing efforts, significant countries, including the United States and European countries, have blamed China for the origin of the Coronavirus. Last year, former US President Donald Trump openly accused that the Coronavirus originated in China’s Wuhan lab. Many senior US leaders, officials and researchers have since pointed fingers at the Wuhan laboratory.
A researcher from China who has moved out of the country also revealed that she had evidence in this regard. US President Joe Biden then ordered US agencies to investigate the Wuhan lab leak and submit a report. Since then, the issue of Wuhan Lab Leak Theory has come on the anvil on the international level. Many countries worldwide, including the United States and Europe, have begun to embrace this theory, and a variety of information is emerging.
It is against this very background that the World Health Organization has once again proposed an inquiry. WHO has called on China to provide more transparency and openness to the organisation in the early stages of the pandemic. However, by rejecting it, China seems to have reinforced the suspicion that all is not well about the origin of the Coronavirus.