China Insists It Has Been “Open And Transparent” On COVID Origins

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning responded during a daily briefing to the recent Department of Energy report published by the Wall Street Journal which concludes with “low confidence” that the COVID-19 virus began due to a leak from a lab in Wuhan. Mao said that China had “shared the most data and research results on virus tracing and made important contributions to global virus tracing research.” Mao added that “Politicizing the issue of virus tracing…will only damage the U.S.’s own credibility.”  The White House has refused to comment on the report, but John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council, acknowledged that there is disagreement within the government on the origin of the virus.