Without full access to information that China has, you cannot say this or that: WHO chief on origin of Covid
9 April, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
The WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted China share proper data on the origin of the COVID-19 virus and said that all hypotheses remain on the table without full access to the informatio...
The World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted China share proper data on the origin of the COVID-19 virus and said that all hypotheses remain on the table without full access to the information that China has, reported Channel News Asia (CNA).
“Without full access to the information that China has, you cannot say this or that,” said Ghebreyesus in response to a question about the origin of the virus. “All hypotheses are on the table. That’s WHO’s position and that’s why we have been asking China to be cooperative on this,” he added.
More than three years have passed since the virus first emerged and it remains a top mystery for the world.
“If they would do that then we will know what happened or how it started,” said the WHO chief.
Meanwhile, many claim that China has a large market for animals, with mammals such as bats and other spices being sold openly. According to multiple stories, it began in the same place.
But, China has repeatedly denied the theories. A World Health Organization team also examined the location, but no definite report was issued against Beijing.
Data from the early days of the COVID epidemic, briefly posted to a database by Chinese scientists, provides information on its origins, including the possibility that raccoon dogs played a role in the coronavirus reaching humans, according to international researchers.
The latest Chinese information, according to the WHO’s Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead for COVID-19, provided some “clues” on origins but no solutions. She stated that the WHO was now collaborating with experts to learn more about the initial instances from 2019, such as the whereabouts of those afflicted, according to CNA.
She said that WHO was still unsure whether any of the necessary studies had been conducted in China.
The WHO has also asked the US for original data that supported a recent US Energy Department research that concluded a laboratory leak in China was likely to blame for the COVID-19 outbreak, she noted.
In this month, the US Department of Energy evaluated the lab leak idea and claimed that the deadly virus seeped from a lab in China’s Wuhan city in 2019.
The US stated that China did not make it public “deliberately” resulting in the deaths of millions of people around the world.