China’s foreign ministry has warned against what it called ‘political manipulation’ of a renewed probe by the World Health Organization (WHO) into the origins of COVID-19.
The WHO has released a proposed list of 25 experts to advise it on the next steps in the search for the origins of the virus after its earlier efforts were attacked for going too easy on China.
‘We hope that all parties concerned, including the WHO secretariat and the advisory group, will effectively uphold an objective and responsible scientific attitude, Zhao Lijian told reporters at a daily briefing.
Beijing has repeatedly questioned whether the virus did indeed originate in China and has called for investigations into US military laboratories without providing any evidence.
The Chinese government has dismissed theories the virus leaked from one of its labs and has said no more visits are needed.