China has rejected world health organization requests to participate in research into the origins of coronavirus.
"We know that a national investigation is underway, but right now we have not been invited to join," Dr Gauden Galea, WHO Representative in China, told Sky News. "WHO is making requests to the health commission and the authorities."
WHO and the U.S. intelligence community They have concluded that the coronavirus is of natural origin and was not genetically modified.However, U.S. officials suspect the pathogen may have been accidentally from a laboratory, possibly the Wuhan Virology Institute or wuhan's Center for Disease Control.
Laboratory records "would have to be part of any full report, any complete analysis of the history of the origins," Dr. Galea said.The REPRESENTATIVE emphasized that "the origins of the virus are very important, the animal-human interface is extremely important and needs to be studied.The priority is that we need to know as much as possible to prevent it from happening again."
U.S. officials and politicians accused China of trying to cover up the initial coronavirus outbreak.The White House ordered intelligence agencies to collect evidence of a cover-up.
President Trump also stopped U.S. funding for WHO after accusing the organization of mis-handling the outbreak and spreading Chinese propaganda about the coronavirus.Republicans on the House Oversight Committee have urged Democratic colleagues to investigate WHO's ties with China.