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2021-07-22T03:31:43Z  ·  apnews.com

China rebuffs WHO's terms for further COVID-19 origins study

BEIJING (AP) — China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday. Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the National Health Commission, said he was “rather taken aback" by the call for a further into the pandemic's origins and specifically, the theory that the virus might have leaked from a Chinese lab.