(FiveNation.com)- China has rejected a next phase of the investigation by the World Health Organization into the coronavirus origins, and the White House isn’t happy about it.
This intended second phase of a WHO investigation was meant to specifically examine whether the virus could’ve come from a lab in Wuhan, China.
On Thursday, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, communicated the Biden administration’s disappointment in that decision. She said:
“We are deeply disappointed. Their position is irresponsible and frankly dangerous.
“Alongside other member states around the world, we continue to call for China to provide the needed access to data and samples, and this is critical so we can understand, to prevent the next pandemic. This is about saving lives in the future, and it’s not a time to be stonewalling.”
President Joe Biden is fully supportive of this WHO investigation, Psaki said. She called it “scientific, transparent, expert-led and free from interference.”
Before Psaki held her Thursday press conference, China came out and publicly said it wouldn’t participate in this next step of the investigation. The vice minister of the country’s National Health Commission, Zeng Yixin, said he was “rather taken aback” that the WHO and other countries wanted to further investigate the lab leak theory.
The Associated Press reported that Yixin said:
“It is impossible for us to accept such an origin-tracing plan.”
In March, the WHO led its first investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. That report found the virus most likely jumped from animals into humans. At the time, the WHO also said the lab leak theory was “extremely unlikely.”
But, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, also said the health body of the United Nations wasn’t ruling out any possibilities. That first report was co-authored by Chinese scientists.
For months, liberals all across the country thoroughly dismissed the lab leak as a conspiracy theory peddled by then-President Donald Trump and conservatives. In the last few months, the tone has changed quite substantially, as there is more evidence emerging that the lab leak could actually have been the origin of COVID-19.
In May, Biden ordered intelligence agencies in the U.S. to “redouble their efforts” to finally come to a conclusion about the pandemic’s origins. That followed a report that said it was indeed possible that it could have been a lab leak, and didn’t jump from animals into humans.
In June, leaders from the Group of Seven demanded a new “transparent” investigation for COVID-19’s origins when they met at a summit.
At the time, the leaders said they wanted a “timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based [World Health Organization]-convened Phase 2 COVID-19 Origins study including, as recommended by the experts’ report, in China.”
China has pushed back hard against that demand, though, making many people think that there is some credibility to the lab leak theory. It’s certainly possible, as it would look really bad on the Communist country if COVID-19 emerged from a lab.