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US phrases China’s place on Covid-19 origin probe as ‘harmful’

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After China rejected the second phase of the World Health Organisation (WHO) probe, the United States on Friday accused Beijing of “stonewalling” the study of origins of COVID-19.Addressing a press briefing, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said, “The US supports the WHO plan for phase two, which commits to ensuring these studies are scientific, transparent, expert-led, and free from interference.”Responding to Beijing’s decision, Psaki said, “We have certainly seen the PRC’s [China’s] comments, again, rejecting phase two of the WHO study. We are deeply disappointed. Their position is irresponsible, and frankly, dangerous.”She said the US continues to call for China to provide much-needed access to data and samples. “And this is critical to prevent the next pandemic. This is about saving lives in the future and not time to be stonewalling,” Psaki added.China’s decision to reject the phase-two study came after the possibility of lab leak theory was included in the WHO proposal. …

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