China will continue to cooperate with the World Health Organization (WHO) on conducting research to trace the origin of the coronavirus, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday, APA reports citing Sputnik.
"We are ready to collaborate with the WHO to assist the work on tracing the origin [of the coronavirus]," Li said at a press conference following the session of the 13th National People's Congress.
The official added that China supported WHO experts in conducting research to find the origin of the disease, including in China, based on the principles of openness and transparency.
The premier also noted that the top priority now was not only to establish the virus origin but also to solve problems in the field of COVID-19 prevention and control, as it was still spreading across the world.
"The COVID-19 epidemic is a common enemy of humankind, and we hope that all sides will join efforts because no country can fight with such a common enemy on its own. We also strongly believe that humankind can eventually defeat the disease," Li added.