Beijing today called the World Health Organization’s (WHO) proposal to begin a second phase of studies to investigate the origin of the coronavirus in China “arrogant” and “lacking in common sense,” through the deputy director of the National Health Commission, Zeng Yixin.Zeng responded to last week’s WHO statement calling for the start of the second phase of investigations into the origin of the coronavirus in China. , which would include investigating markets and laboratories in Wuhan, the city where the first outbreaks were detected. According to Zeng, who said he was “surprised” to read the WHO’s proposal, the agency’s next investigations should focus on “tracing efforts in multiple countries and regions” and not be repeated at sites already inspected during the first phase of the investigation, which culminated in a visit by international experts to Wuhan last January. The deputy director expressed the hope that the WHO will take into account the recommendations proposed by Chinese scientists, that it will consider research “a scientific matter” and that it will rid it of “political interference”. Last week, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on China “to be transparent and open” and “to cooperate especially by providing raw data on the early days of the pandemic.” Ghebreyesus said knowing the origins of the coronavirus “is an outstanding debt to millions of people who have suffered from it”The WHO mission in Wuhan last February called for access to raw data from patients registered in the city’s hospitals with covid-like symptoms before the first known case of the disease , but China claimed that they had already been studied by their experts.