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Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu: The Joint Letter Submitted by 48 Countries to WHO Director-General on Origins Study of COVID-19 Virus Fully Reflects Public Support and International Justice

2021/07/17

On July 16, 2021, Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu gave an interview to CCTV on the joint letter submitted by 48 countries to WHO Director-General on the origins study of COVID-19 virus.

Ma Zhaoxu said, on July 15, 2021, 48 countries submitted a joint letter to the WHO Director-General on the origins study of virus. In the letter, they welcome the report of the WHO-convened global study of origins of SARS-CoV-2: China Part, stress that the study of origins is a matter of science and oppose politicization of this issue. This fully reflects the public support and international justice, and demonstrates that the strong will of the international community to follow scientific origin-tracing and oppose political manipulation.

Ma Zhaoxu said, the origin-tracing is a serious scientific issue that should be concluded by scientists through in-depth study. However, over a period, a few forces led by the United States run counter to science regardless of the facts. They take the origin-tracing as a political tool, and unscrupulously smear and attack China, which has seriously disrupted and undermined international cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and aroused wide dissatisfaction and opposition in the international community. Facts prove again that the political manipulation by use of origin-tracing violates human conscience, and it is immoral and unpopular. The rock they are lifting will end up hitting their own toes.

Ma Zhaoxu said, we call on all countries in the world to adopt a responsible and scientific attitude to fight against the pandemic through cooperation and build a global community of health for all.

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