The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday stated that the country has always been open to cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) on matters including the origin of the novel coronavirus.
Speaking further, ministry spokesman Hua Chunying accused US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of telling one lie to cover up another in his continued attacks against Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic.
The US previously said that it has “significant evidence” about the coronavirus deliberately being released from a laboratory in Wuhan.
“While scientists have not come to a conclusion, why is Secretary Pompeo drawing the hasty conclusion that the virus came from a Wuhan lab? Where is his proof? Show us the proof. If he cannot show any evidence, then he may still be in the process of making up this evidence.”
China has repeatedly dismissed these claims and called on the international community to stop shifting responsibility for wasting time it had to prepare for the pandemic onto others.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also stated that the novel coronavirus originated in animals before being transferred to humans and so far, there is no available evidence that shows the virus was created in a lab.
The virus has killed more than 255,000 people worldwide, including more than 70,000 in the United States, the worst-affected country, since it was first identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December.
Source: Reuters and Sputnik