China’s ambassador to Washington, DC, says there are concerns about the ‘political disruption’ after President Biden ordered a re-examination of the virus.
Opposition to COVID-19 has hampered further research and reduced international efforts to control the epidemic, Chinese Ambassador to the United States said after President Joe Biden ordered a re-examination of US intelligence on the virus.
“Some political leaders have made politics and (wrongs) in the game,” the ambassador to Washington, DC said in a statement on Wednesday evening.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is planning to launch a second phase of training from COVID-19, and China has been pressured to give researchers more opportunities among the cases that SARS-CoV-2 discovered from Wuhan City’s research laboratory, while the first COVID cases -19 was released at the end of 2019.
China has repeatedly denied that the lab was to blame, criticizing the US and other countries for trying to stifle their vulnerability to the virus.
Biden said Wednesday that U.S. law enforcement agencies were divided as to whether COVID-19 “was derived from human and animal contact with infected or by laboratory risk”.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that US agencies are reviewing reports Three investigators at Wuhan’s lab fell ill in November 2019 until they went to the hospital.
“We are beginning to see more and more evidence that the Chinese government has been in the open,” Dr Amesh Adalja, a psychiatrist and epidemiologist, told Al Jazeera. “When we hear of people who have worked for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, we know that this has been spreading since November (2019) and we have seen the Chinese government remain silent to allow journalists to find out where they came from so I think this raises questions about bringing in a government. Something to do with what might have happened earlier in the epidemic. ”
Yanzhong Huang, head of global health and the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, said China’s lack of openness was crucial to the recovery. the lab produces a doctrine.
“There’s nothing new out there that proves that,” he said. “In the investigation of the cause of the epidemic it is important to have transparency in order to help us believe the results of this study.”
China has put in place measures to curb the spread of the plague by suppressing the virus in Wuhan, a city in central China where a new and common pneumonia was reported in late 2019.
Whistleblowers, journalists and the families of the deceased have arrived under stress. Dr Li Wenliang, an eye specialist who was one of the first to warn people about the virus, was arrested by police for spreading “rumors”.. In December, a citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, a former lawyer, was charged with “choosing a dispute and causing trouble” and was sentenced to four years in prison for working in the early days. Others are facing similar charges.
The Chinese Embassy is supporting “a comprehensive study of the original cases of COVID-19 that has been found around the world and is being investigated in more secret places and laboratories around the world.”
The Global Times tabloid, part of the ruling Communist Party of the People’s Daily, said on Wednesday that if a “lab leak theory” was needed, the US should also allow investigators to replace it, including a lab in Fort Detrick.
“Obviously they are trying to dictate the way they live,” said Jamie Metzl, a senior associate at Atlantic Council, who has been running an independent campaign.
An integrated Chinese-WHO study published in March said it was it is not possible for SARS-CoV-2 to come out of the lab.
China went on to say that either COVID-19 was imported and entered the country through a mixed food chain or through a wildlife market in southeastern China.
“The epidemic started in China,” Metzl said. “Let’s start with a thorough investigation and grow if necessary. In short, this [statement from the embassy] it is a great insult to anyone who has died in this tragic accident and their families. ”
Huang of CFR said some research on the origins of COVID-19 was “difficult”.
“You want China to be more cohesive and transparent,” Huang said. “But now the issue has become more political, and the investigation has been completed.”