China: Investigation on the origin of Covid-19 should be directed to the US

UMMATIMES - A senior China expert said the investigation into the origins of Covid-19 should be directed to the United States (US). A study suggests the coronavirus may have circulated in the US as early as December 2019.

The study, published this week by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), showed that at least seven people in five US states were infected with SARS-CoV-2, weeks before the first cases were reported. Zeng Guang, an epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told the state-owned tabloid Global Times that attention should now turn to the US. Because in the early stages of the outbreak, the US was slow to test. In addition, the US is also home to many biology laboratories.

"All subjects related to state-owned biological weapons must be monitored," Zeng said.

Commenting on the research published on Wednesday (16/6), Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the origin of the Covid-19 outbreak could be anywhere. According to him, other countries should cooperate with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The origins of the pandemic have been a source of political tension between China and the US. The United States suspects that the corona virus originated from a laboratory leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

A report by the US government's national laboratory concluded that it was plausible that the virus had leaked from the Wuhan laboratory. An earlier study had raised the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 could be circulating in Europe as early as September. But experts say the findings don't change research suggesting that the coronavirus originated in China.