Earlier on Thursday, the deputy head of the State Health Committee of the People’s Republic of China, Zeng Yixin, said that Beijing considers the wording used in the plan proposed by the WHO for the second phase of the investigation of the origin of the coronavirus disrespectful to science and will not follow it. On the same day, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the United States was disappointed by China’s refusal to participate in the second phase of the WHO investigation, and considered such a position dangerous.
Asked if UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had any comment on China’s refusal to cooperate with the WHO investigation, Haq said: “WHO is leading this process, and they are responsible for how this investigation is conducted. We ask all member countries (UN), including China, to fully cooperate with WHO.”
“And if the WHO believes that it needs further investigation, we hope that all of them (countries) will cooperate,” Haq added.