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Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on the UK Side's Comment on the Origin of Covid-19
2021/02/17

Question: What is the comment of the Chinese Embassy in the UK on the remarks of the UK side that “it’s fairly obvious that most of the evidence seems to point to the disease having originated in Wuhan” and that the UK side shared US concern over access given to a World Health Organization (WHO) mission to China?

Embassy Spokesperson: Since the outbreak of Covid-19, China has maintained close communication and cooperation with the WHO on the global origin-tracing of the virus in an open and transparent manner. The study of WHO experts in China is part of the WHO-convened global origin-tracing study. The Chinese Government provided strong support and assistance to this study, which has been highly recognized by the WHO and international experts, including those from the UK. Origin-tracing is a complex scientific issue involving many countries and regions, and it should be carried out by global scientists through collaborated efforts. Such study should be science-based and evidence-based. We should not allow politics to override science, or replace scientific study with unwarranted speculation and deliberate distortion.

In the meantime, there are a number of clues, reports and studies suggesting there were outbreaks in multiple locations around the world as early as the second half of 2019. This reflects the necessity and urgency to send study teams to the relevant countries and regions. The global origin-tracing work may be extended to more places as factual evidence accumulates and science-based hypotheses evolve.

As Covid-19 is still ravaging the world, the primary task facing the international community is to come together and bring the pandemic under control. China strongly opposes the attempts of some countries to politicize the pandemic, play the blame game and stigmatize China. We sincerely hope that countries of the world will adopt a fair, objective and responsible attitude, take concrete actions to support the work of the WHO, and make due contribution to international cooperation on fighting the pandemic and to the building of a global community of health for all.

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