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WHO Mission To China – Not Completed US Say

White House (Courtesy photo The 1600 Report for education only)

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WebPublicPress (UNITED NATIONS) New York/Geneva — After visiting China within their inspection attempts to gain more evidence of COVID-19 coronavirus origin WHO experts have voiced frustration over the lack of access to data during their recent mission. And the Americans insisted immediately after WHO experts returned from China – mission was not fully completed

‘Reengaging the WHO also means holding it to the highest standards,’ said US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, news agencies reported.

The White House already expressed “deep concerns” about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVID-19 report on the pandemic’s origin.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement that it is imperative that the report be independent and free from “alteration by the Chinese government,” echoing concerns raised by former President Donald Trump’s administration on the issue.

“To better understand this pandemic and prepare for the next one, China must make available its data from the earliest days of the outbreak,” he said.

Thus, there was again appeared disagreement between what was stated at the very beginning of the mission in China, and even earlier by the highest WHO officials, and a real and clear findings at the end of their work in China that started on 14 January. It came to a light specifically with the seemingly justified skepticism of the American administration in Washington.

Even the new Biden administration, which announced the return of the US to the WHO, now also expressing its dissatisfaction with the WHO latest mission in China. Although – more objections were puto to the Chinese authorities not allowing full access to the requested health documents than the incompetence of WHO experts, still its is clear that World Health Organization’s experts have not been able to collect needed data and present it more clearly to those seeking answers.

The White House issued a surprise statement Saturday on the developing World Health

Jake Sullivan White House National Security Adviser to president Joe Biden (File photo TV image for education only)

Jake Sullivan White House National Security Adviser to president Joe Biden (File photo TV image for education only)

Organization controversy, a day after WHO officials said Chinese scientists “refused” to hand over the key raw data on 174 of the country’s first cases – which marked the first in the world to what would emerge as a global pandemic – during the recent WHO trip to uncover its origins.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Saturday morning that the allegations have caused “deep concerns” in the Biden administration suggesting China may still be engaged in a cover-up given their alleged unwillingness to cooperation.

“We have deep concerns about the way in which the early findings of the COVID-19 investigation were communicated and questions about the process used to reach them,” Sullivan said. “It is imperative that this report be independent, with expert findings free from intervention or alteration by the Chinese government.”

China refused to give raw data on early coronavirus cases to the WHO-led team investigating the origins of the pandemic, according to one of the team’s investigators, DW (Deutsche Welle) also reported quoting other news agencies.

The team of international experts had requested raw patient data on 174 cases that China had identified from the early phase of the outbreak in the city of Wuhan in December 2019, as well as other cases.

Chinese authorities, however, only provided a summary, Dominic Dwyer, an Australian infectious diseases expert and a member of the WHO team, told Reuters news agency.

WHO Director General Ghebreyesus: mission to Wuhan gives better understanding of early days of pandemic

WHO’s credibility questioned

The Trump administration had exited the WHO, alleging the international health body was under Chinese influence.

Sullivan said US President Joe Biden quickly reversed the decision but feels it is imperative to protect the organization’s credibility.

“Reengaging the WHO also means holding it to the highest standards,” Sullivan said. “We have deep concerns about the way in which the early findings of the COVID-19 investigation were communicated and questions about the process used to reach them.”

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO) speaks at a press conference UN Office in Geneva, Palais des Nations. UN Photo / Elma Okic 2018.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO) speaks at a press conference UN Office in Geneva, Palais des Nations. UN Photo / Elma Okic 2018.

The Trump administration also said it suspected the coronavirus may have escaped from a Chinese lab, an allegation that Beijing strongly denies.

The WHO mission, which spent four weeks in China probing COVID-19 origins, said it was highly unlikely the virus escaped from a lab.

But after Washington said it wanted to review data from a WHO-led mission to China, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said all hypotheses are still open about the pandemic’s origins.

Wuhan lab leak theory a ‘wild goose chase’

Experts echo US’ concern

Meanwhile, WHO experts said Saturday they needed more data to detect possible early COVID cases.

“We want more data. We have asked for more data,” Peter Ben Embarek, who headed WHO’s expert mission to Wuhan, told AFP news agency.

“There is a mix of frustration, but also a mix of realistic expectations in terms of what is feasible under which time frame,” he said, adding he hoped the requested data would be made available going forward.

The four-week WHO mission to China wrapped up earlier this week with no conclusive findings.

Coronavirus-Vaccine-Updates-AI-Predicts-that-COVID-19-Vaccine-wont-be-available-till-2021 (Photo for education only)

Coronavirus-Vaccine-Updates-AI-Predicts-that-COVID-19-Vaccine-wont-be-available-till-2021 (Photo for education only)

Experts believe the disease, which has killed nearly 2.4 million people worldwide, originated in bats at a Chinese wet market and could have been transmitted to humans via another mammal.

The WHO team said there were no signs of large clusters of COVID cases in Wuhan or elsewhere prior to December 2019. It did not, however, rule out sporadic cases spreading before that.

(Source DW, news agencies and UN New York) 

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