This year's NPC comes as the country's relationship with the U.S. turns increasingly frayed, with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo both saying the coronavirus sweeping the world is likely linked to the Wuhan laboratory.
Known as China's "bat woman", the deputy director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology said research into viruses needs scientists and governments to be transparent and cooperative.
"In actuality, like everybody else, we did not even understand the virus existed", she explained.
"In an interview with Scientific American", Shi said the SARS-CoV-2 genome sequence didn't fit some of those bat coronaviruses her lab had gathered and analyzed.
Her institute received a clinical sample of the unknown pneumonia previous year on December 30, after which it was found to contain a new coronavirus, now called 'SARS-CoV-2, ' which has killed over 344,200 globally. Specialist said that the lab was able to obtain a sample of unknown clinical pneumonia at the end of a year ago, before this time his staff never ever this epidemic did not face, therefore could not study it.
"Now we have three strains of live viruses..."
Shortly after this, Beijing alerted the World Health Organization to the virus, just as media reports started circulating of the first Wuhan residents being hospitalized with fever and lung failure. She has been the focus of conspiracy theories during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Those were later even picked by US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
In a letter to Nature Medicine titled "The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2", a team in California led by microbiology professor Kristian Andersen said it was "improbable" that the novel coronavirus emerged through laboratory manipulation of a related coronavirus.
Chinese scientists have said that the virus first emerged at a market selling live animals in Wuhan, though officials in Beijing more recently cast doubt about its origins.
Apart from the P3 lab plans - the second-highest biosafety classification for labs handling pathogens - Zhao said each city should also have a lower-level P2 laboratory so they could "quickly respond in a major epidemic".
Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday claimed United States politicians chose to "fabricate rumors" about the origins to "stigmatize China".
"We didn't have any knowledge before that, nor had we ever encountered, researched or kept the virus", Wang told CGTN.