China says it is shocked by WHO plan for Covid origins study

China says it is shocked by WHO plan for Covid origins study
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BEIJING — A senior Chinese health official said Thursday he was shocked by the World Health Organization’s plan for the second phase of a Covid-19 origins study.

National Health Commission Vice Minister Zeng Yixin dismissed the lab leak theory as a rumor running counter to common sense.

The head of the WHO acknowledged last week that it was premature to rule out a potential link between the pandemic and a leak of the coronavirus from a Chinese lab.



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