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”Shocked” by WHO plan for COVID origins study, China calls lab leak theory a RUMOUR

By Saima Siddiqui 
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”Shocked” by WHO plan for COVID origins study, China calls lab leak theory a RUMOUR

Beijing: A senior Chinese health official on Thursday said that he was shocked by the World Health Organisation’s plan for the second phase of a COVID-19 origins study – motivated by the ‘Wuhan lab leak’ theory.

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National Health Commission Vice Minister Zeng Yixin dismissed the lab leak theory as a rumor running counter to common sense.

The head of the WHO acknowledged last week that it was premature to rule out a potential link between the pandemic and a leak of the coronavirus from a Chinese lab.

Zeng called the theory a rumor that goes against science.

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