China wants the US host WHO probs into coronavirus origins

Beijing, Feb 2 (efe-epa).- China on Tuesday said the United States should invite a team of World Health Organization exports to investigate the origins of the coronavirus just like the probe currently being conducted in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the first confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that local experts had “shared a vast amount of information and research results” with the scientists and trusted that the US would do the same as China and adopt a “positive, scientific and cooperative” attitude.

Some Chinese officials, such as Foreign Minister Zhao Lijian, have made claims that the virus could have reached Wuhan via US Army soldiers who participated in the city’s Military World Games in October 2019. Others have even claimed that the virus arose from a laboratory in the US.

The WHO experts in Wuhan on Tuesday visited an animal disease prevention and control center. The most prominent theory on the origins of the virus that causes Covid-19 is that it jumped from animals to humans through an intermediary host.EFE-EPA


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