For some time, a few American media outlets have been claiming that SARS-CoV-2 was leaked from Chinese laboratories and thus presuming guilt on the part of China. In the spirit of respecting facts, science and justice, Chinese Embassy in the United States submitted an opinion article to some American media to state its position and clarify facts, but their submissions were all rejected.
On August 25, the Embassy published on its website the article titled in Support Science-based Origin Tracing, Oppose Political Virus. The article emphasizes that SARS-CoV-2 originated from nature and this is a consensus of international academic and medical communities. Up till now, 70 countries have called for recognizing the findings of the WHO-China joint mission report in their letters to the WHO. Besides, Phase II study must be a comprehensive extension of Phase I and be conducted in multiple places and countries to find out the truth. It also mentions that the more difficult the virus is to deal with, the more important it is for us to stay united and for countries to cooperate. As two major countries, China and the United States should and can cooperate in global pandemic response and vaccines rollout, so that together, we can finally defeat it. Here are the highlights of the article.