BEIJING:China urges relevant parties to stop political manipulation on the COVID-19 origin tracing issue, stop using the issue to shift blame, and stop sabotaging international origin tracing research cooperation, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Thursday.
The spokesperson made the remarks after 44 countries on Thursday submitted a joint letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and four countries wrote separate letters, on the COVID-19 origin tracing issue. They welcomed the joint WHO-China study on COVID-19 origin tracing, stressing that virus origin tracing is a scientific task, and opposing politicizing the issue.
Forty-eight countries sent letters to the WHO Director-General on origin tracing, stressing that the virus is the common enemy of mankind, and that only by uniting and cooperating can the international community defeat it, the spokesperson said.
They welcomed the joint WHO-China study on COVID-19 origin tracing released by WHO, and believed that this scientific report should be the basis and guide for promoting the global origin tracing work, the spokesperson said.
They pointed out that virus origin tracing is a scientific task, which depends on scientists' investigation and research on a global scale, emphasizing that the origin tracing issue cannot be politicized, the spokesperson added.
They also called on the WHO Secretariat to cooperate with member States to promote global origin tracing research in accordance with relevant resolutions of the World Health Assembly, the spokesperson said.