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China calls theory that Covid originated in Chinese lab a ‘politically motivated lie’ | China

China has repeated its claim that the theory that the Covid-19 pandemic began with a leak from a Chinese laboratory is “a politically motivated lie”, after the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended further investigations this week.

“The lab leak theory is totally a lie concocted by anti-China forces for political purposes, which has nothing to do with science,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao said on Friday. Lijian, during a daily press briefing.

“We have always supported and participated in science-based global virus tracing, but we have strongly opposed any form of political manipulation,” Zhao said, while attempting to shift blame to the United States and asserting – without proof – that Washington was developing the coronavirus. as a biological weapon.

The latest round of war of words over the origin of the pandemic has also focused on data from China, where the first case of the virus was reported in the city of Wuhan in late 2019.

The WHO said in a report on Thursday that all available data showed the novel coronavirus that caused Covid-19 likely originated in animals, most likely bats, a finding similar to the agency’s previous work. United Nations on the subject in 2021 which followed a trip to China.

He said no new information had been provided on the possibility that Sars-CoV-2 was introduced to humans through a laboratory incident and “it remains important to consider all reasonable scientific data” to assess this possibility.