Chen Xu, China’s permanent representative to the UN headquarters in Geneva, has called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to inspect U.S. biolaboratories. He sent a request where he deemed it necessary to examine them to find the origins of the coronavirus infection.
Chen Xu demanded that laboratories at Fort Detrick and North Carolina State University be checked. This is China’s first formal request to the WHO made through diplomatic channels. In addition to the request of the Chinese authorities, a collective letter of 25 million internet users from the PRC is attached to the letter.
According to Chen Xu, the hypothesis that the virus entered the human population as a result of a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology is unlikely. “If anyone insists that the question of laboratory leakage remains open, the laboratories at Fort Detrick and North Carolina State University should be subjected to an open investigation,” he said.
Earlier, China rejected a WHO request to reopen an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus. Chinese authorities have stressed that they support scientific rather than politicized versions of how the virus originated.
On August 12, the WHO urged China to share the raw data on the earliest cases of COVID-19. According to the organization’s experts, this measure can help clarify the real causes of the disease, which killed 4 million people and paralyzed almost the entire world economy.