(Washington) The team of experts from the World Health Organization, which was dispatched in January to Wuhan, China, to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 epidemic, decided not to publish their findings in the interim end, he said Thursday. Wall Street Journal.
The decision comes amid growing tensions between the United States and China over access conditions that Beijing provided to WHO experts during their investigations.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on February 12 that the team of experts would quickly publish an interim report summarizing briefly their research work in China, which lasted for a month, before a more comprehensive report is released a few weeks later.
But that interim report was still pending on Thursday, more than three weeks after their mission had ended.
By definition, the summary does not contain all the details […]. The expert who heads the investigation team, Peter bin Mubarak, said in Wall Street Journal.
The World Health Organization now intends to publish a full report “in the coming weeks” that includes “major conclusions,” according to what the American newspaper quoted a spokesperson for the organization as saying.
At a news conference on Thursday, US diplomacy spokesman Ned Price called on Beijing to show “transparency.”
“What we made clear several weeks ago is that we have deep concerns about how the initial findings of the COVID-19 investigation team will be communicated, and questions about the basic process for achieving these results,” he said.
In an open letter published Thursday, 24 international researchers called for a new, independent and more in-depth investigation, decrying the “structural limitations” imposed on the work of WHO experts at the time of their visit to China.
US and WHO experts have been pressing China since the investigation ended in Beijing to provide more data, as the investigation work ended without final conclusions.
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Experts seemed to rule out the possibility that the virus had escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as the Trump administration had claimed. At a press conference at the end of their mission, they deemed it a “very unlikely” hypothesis.
But the Director-General of the World Health Organization shortly afterwards corrected the situation by asserting that “all assumptions remain on the table” to explain the origin of the epidemic.
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