The World Health Organization (WHO) has reiterated an earlier statement that China failed to share vital raw data during their investigation into the origins of Covid-19 but in response to the refreshed accusation, Beijing rebuffed WHO, insisting that international health experts were given adequate access.
Chinese authorities have likewise dismissed the suggestion from WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that there was a ‘premature push’ to rule out the lab leak theory
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The WHO is facing intensifying pressure for a new and in-depth investigation into the pandemic’s origins after the United Nations agency sent a team of independent, international experts to China’s Hubei province in January—more than a year after Covid-19 first surfaced in its capital in Wuhan.
During a media briefing, Tedros told reporters that one of the main challenges during the first phase of the investigation was that “the raw data was not shared,” and he urged China to “be transparent, to be open, and cooperate” on a second phase of the investigation.
However, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stood his ground, insisting that they had allowed experts “to see the original data that needed special attention,” although “some of the information involves personal privacy and cannot be copied and taken out of the country.”
Furthermore, Zhao disclosed that the expert team, sent by WHO and the UN that visited China “agreed that the hypothesis that a lab leak led to the outbreak is extremely unlikely.”
The Chinese official quickly added a warning that “(the) issue should not be politicized.” (TRC/The MiNT)