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Chinese government rejects WHO plan for second phase of Covid-19 origins study

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Chinese government will not participate in a second phase of the World Health Organization's investigation into the origins of Covid-19, a top health official announced Tuesday, after the possibility of the virus leaking from a Wuhan lab was included on the proposal.

(CNN)The Chinese government will not participate in a second phase of the World Health Organization's investigation into the origins of Covid-19, a top health official announced Tuesday, after the possibility of the virus leaking from a Wuhan lab was included on the proposal.

The WHO released an initial report from its investigation into the origins of Covid-19 in March, in which it determined that the virus probably originated in an animal before spreading to human beings around December 2019.

However, in March, a member of the WHO team who helped oversee the original investigation said the Wuhan lab leak theory did "not receive the same depth of attention and work" as the animal hypothesis.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus joined calls for China to cooperate more fully with a new Covid-19 origins investigation on July 15, saying the first had been hampered by a lack of raw data on the early days of the pandemic.

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