CHINA China showed raw data to WHO virus origins probe: FM


China showed raw data to WHO virus origins probe: FM

By Zhu Yingqi | People's Daily app

20:44, July 16, 2021

China did show the raw data requiring special attention item by item to the WHO-China joint expert team investigation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in Beijing on Friday.

Zhao made the remarks at a press briefing in response to allegations that the team’s COVID-19 virus origin-tracing investigation had been hampered.

(File photo: agencies)

Foreign experts “clearly said on many occasions” that the WHO-China team obtained a large amount of data and information, and fully understood that some information could not be copied and carried out of the country due to personal privacy, Zhao said.

Zhao emphasized that during the investigation, the team visited institutions including Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

They also visited biosafety laboratories and conducted in-depth and candid scientific communication with experts of related institutions, he said.

After field visits and in-depth communications, the expert team agreed it was “extremely unlikely” that a certain laboratory event caused the COVID-19 pandemic, Zhao said.

“The above situation is clearly and fully reflected in the joint traceability research report officially announced by the WHO in March this year,” Zhao said.

He called on all parties to respect the opinions and conclusions of scientists when it came to the issue of traceability, and maintain an objective and fair attitude.

Zhao noted that 48 countries sent letters to the WHO Director-General, welcoming the WHO-China report, supporting global traceability research and opposing the politicization of the traceability issue.

“This reflects the strong voice of the international community,” Zhao said.

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