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China denies WHO's accusation of not sharing COVID data
Wannian has also reported that the Chinese part of the research has been completed.
A few hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) accused China of not sharing the required data on coronavirus pandemic's origin, China has hit back claiming these accusations to be fake.
During a media briefing, a senior Chinese health official said there was no factual basis to the accusations made by WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Tedros had claimed that China did not share proper data with the researchers appointed by the WHO to look into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a bid to prove the accusations to be false, Liang Wannian, who was co-leader of the joint study, claimed the Chinese and international researchers had access to the same data.
Wannian has also reported that the Chinese part of the research has been completed. As per the conclusion, he said he would recommend the world to look into potential early cases of coronavirus outside China in the next phase of this research.
Talking about the origin of the deadly virus, he also said that "coronaviruses very similar to COVID-19’s gene sequence have been found in bats and pangolins, but their similarity is not enough to make them a 'direct ancestor' of COVID-19."
His statement has come after the WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus criticised the lack of data access from China about the study of the origins of coronavirus.