China to back WHO investigation of Covid-19

China to back WHO investigation of Covid-19

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Beijing May 8 : China says it supports the World Health Organisation's efforts to investigate the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic, but rejects any “presumption of guilt”, after the global body said it was talking to Beijing about sending another delegation to the country.

Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist with the WHO, on Wednesday said the agency was in discussion with China about examining potential animal origins of the coronavirus. “There is discussion with our counterparts in China for a further mission, which would be more academic in focus and really focus on looking at what happened at the beginning in terms of the exposures with different animals, so that we can look to have an approach to find the zoonotic source,” Maria said.

According to South China morning post ,Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China would support a review of the pandemic “at an appropriate time” ''China has supported the work of the WHO for a long time, and worked with the WHO in an open, responsible and transparent manner. China agrees to make a conclusion on the origin of the virus at an appropriate time,” Hua said. (UNI)