Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian rejected a proposal from the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) for a new audit of Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory.
Lijian said Monday that WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus‘ proposal made last week is “different from the position of many countries, including China.”
“The WHO should fully communicate and negotiate with member states, accept their opinions, while at the same time making the process of drafting work plans open and transparent,” Lijian said. “54 member countries have opposed the politicization of the COVID-19 origin issue.”
Meanwhile after the press briefing Zhao Lijian pushed his theory that W.H.O. should instead investigate the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick.