The World Health Organization (WTO) has asked China for an audit of laboratories in areas where the first cases of COVID-19 were identified. The proposed plan was rejected by China. On Thursday, China’s opposition to a probe into the origins of corona virus disease in the second phase was stated as “irresponsible” and “dangerous” by White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
This audit was not found transparent in the first face of its investigation. First cases of COVID-19 were identified in Wuhan. An international team of experts visited Wuhan in January to investigate the origins of sars-cov-2.
They published their report in March this year. The reports showed two most likely scenarios of the virus transmission to the human population. The first scenario showcased the involvement of intermediary host species. However, in lab theory, the hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus to the human population.
Secretary briefed the reporters that it is not a time to be stonewalling each other. She even dismissed the earlier claims by the UN health agency’s proposal marked a change in its stance on the lab leak theory and expressed it to be “extremely unlikely”.