Zeng Yixin said the World Health Organization's plan for further investigation into the pandemic's origin "defies science."
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that even countries with high vaccination rates could once again find themselves back in March 2020.
"The pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it," WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. "It is in our hands."
The report found the lab as an unlikely source of the pandemic but the WHO has called for China to allow an audit of its labs and markets.
The World Health Organization has urged Beijing to hand over vital COVID-19 data to inform investigators about the origins of the virus.
The WHO warned countries that hold doses for booster shots before vaccinating vulnerable populations will look back on the pandemic with "shame" and "anger."
The theory the coronavirus originated in a lab located in Wuhan has gained traction since it was first dismissed as "extremely unlikely" in March.
Acknowledging the "considerable pressure" for countries to lift COVID-19 restrictions, the WHO advised that a lack of caution will only perpetuate the virus.
"This is people who want to have their cake and eat it," Dr. Michael Ryan said. "Then they make some more cake and they want to eat that as well."
An independent analysis similar to that of the investigation into the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster is necessary to find credible answers, experts said.
The WHO said Western countries were "undermining confidence in life-saving vaccines that have already been shown to be safe and effective."
Scottish authorities reported 1,991 coronavirus cases all linked to the first two weeks of Euro 2020.
"The Delta Variant, the virus, will continue to evolve," warned Maria Van Kerkhov.
Africa is navigating a severe third wave of COVID-19 and Delta variant outbreaks set to peak higher than all previous waves, John Nkengasong, Africa's CDC director called the wave "extremely brutal."
The WHO isn't recommending children get vaccinated against COVID-19, in part because of the low risk that COVID poses to them and the need to vaccinate higher-risk populations first.
A draft "alcohol action plan" from the World Health Organization has sparked fury online—and comparisons to an oppressive regime.
Wary Haitians have been slow to seek vaccinations for past diseases, including diphtheria and tuberculosis. COVID-19 has triggered more of the same behavior.
While the U.S. is headed in the right direction, the WHO warned 2021 could see more COVID-19 deaths than 2020.
"The virus is moving faster than the global (vaccine) distribution," Tedros said. He called for political leaders to commit to immunizing at least 70% of the world's population by the time of next year's G7 meeting.
The WHO and UNICEF say the polio outbreak in the Philippines has ended after 16 months have passed with no detected cases. The nation administered 30 million polio vaccines doses since the disease's resurgence in 2019.
China called the 90-day review an "attempt at political manipulation" and accused President Biden of getting in the way of an international effort to end the pandemic.
"It is extremely concerning and at times frustrating," Africa CDC Director Dr. John Nkengasong told the Associated Press.
The U.S. national laboratory report cited in a Wall Street Journal story contains no new information or evidence, China's state-owned tabloid, the Global Times, said on Tuesday.
WHO officials said that the COVID-19 delta variant has spread to more than 60 countries and is more transmissible than the alpha variant. At least 80 percent of the population needs to be vaccinated to significantly lower the risks of other variant outbreaks.
The World Health Organization's top vaccines expert said children don't need a COVID vaccine, and they should be used for adults instead.
Data reviewed by WHO experts showed that two doses of the Sinovac vaccine prevented half of those who received the jabs from getting COVID-19. Sinovac's authorization is the second approval by the WHO for a Chinese vaccine following China' Sinopharm shot approval last month.
Jens Spahn said that he was not pleased that Syria was confirmed for a spot on the World Health Organization executive board, amid decades-long war the Syrian government waged against dissenters.
Vietnam Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said the new variant appears to be a combination of strains first detected in India and the U.K.