Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Shi Ting Wang has debunked rumors that the novel coronavirus originated from China.
Since the outbreak of the virus last year, there have been many publications suggesting the virus was made in a research laboratory in China deliberately for its parochial interests.
One such claim is an article published in January by the right-leaning Washington Times that alleges, coronavirus may have originated in a research laboratory in Wuhan, China.
Another published by usatoday.com makes an emphatic statement that the Coronavirus originated in China, not elsewhere.
The article quotes a former military intelligence officer who claimed the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a maximum-security Chinese laboratory granted authority to research dangerous pathogens that birthed the biological weapons program.
But, Ambassador Shi Ting Wang, speaking to reporters earlier today at the handing over ceremony of some Chinese government-sponsored medical aid to Ghana at the Kotoka International Airport said even though, China first suffered the virus, the same cannot be said that it invented it.
He averred that the origin of the virus is a matter of science and should be left for professional bodies to tell.
”The COVID-19 first broke out massively in China, but that does not mean the origin of the virus is China. As to the origin of the virus, it is a matter of science which requires scientific and professional assessment. The WHO already said that the matter is still yet to be concluded,” he said.
He noted that the Chinese government has put in place vigorous measures to ensure that the situation in China is brought under control.
”Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese government, under President Xi Jinping’s strong leadership, has executed vigorous measures and contained the spread of the epidemic within its borders. So far, in the nation of 1.4 billion people, the number of new confirmed homegrown cases has become nearly zero. This achievement does not come without a cost. We have accumulated rich experiences which we are willing to share with the international community,” Ambassador Shi Ting Wang added.