“Politicizing the search for the origin of the virus” seriously hinders international cooperation to combat the pandemic, diplomats said.
Political manipulation of the origin of the new coronavirus is hampering international efforts to combat the pandemic. This is stated in a message on the website of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, published after the White House’s statement that Beijing did not cooperate enough in the investigation of the circumstances of the appearance of the coronavirus.
“The campaign to discredit and shift blame returns, the theory of a “laboratory leak” resurfaces. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak last year, some political forces have focused on political manipulation and blame games, ignoring the urgent need to fight the pandemic,” the text says.
The diplomatic mission called for “international cooperation based on respect for facts and science.” “The politicization of the search for the origin of the virus, which is a scientific issue, not only complicates the identification of the nature of the virus but also < … > seriously complicates international cooperation to combat the pandemic,” the commentary says. “We support a comprehensive investigation of all early cases of the coronavirus, as well as a thorough investigation of some secret bases and biological laboratories around the world.”
On Wednesday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said China had not cooperated openly enough with international experts to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding the new coronavirus. He also said that the United States will continue to seek a more thorough international investigation into the circumstances of the coronavirus, which will be transparent and based on facts. Earlier, US President Joe Biden said in a written statement that the US intelligence community currently does not have enough information to say with certainty how the spread of the new coronavirus began: from human contact with an infected animal or an incident in the laboratory.