China calls on the United States to stop politicizing the issue of the origin of COVID-19, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a briefing on Tuesday.
Earlier, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that American experts would prepare a report on the origin of the coronavirus by Tuesday; U.S. President Joe Biden will be the first to get acquainted with it; an unclassified version may be released later. The report is expected primarily to confirm or refute versions about the artificial origin of the coronavirus.
“From the very beginning of the epidemic, the United States politicized the issue of fighting the disease, as a result of which it became the country with the largest number of cases and deaths, and the American people paid a high price,” the diplomat said.
He stressed that at the moment the United States is pursuing a hidden political goal and is using intelligence to conduct a so-called investigation into the origin of the coronavirus infection, which undermines international cooperation in this area.
“We recommend that the United States, based on the interests of the life and health of its own people and the peoples of the whole world, stop political manipulation and return to the path of scientific research on the origin of COVID-19 as soon as possible,” Wang Wenbin stressed.