One of those doctors is from Stanford University.
“I think we can do it. we have to do it, and we can, ”said Dr David Relman, professor of medicine and microbiology at Stanford University.
Relman co-organized the letter.
“The consequences have been enormous, it is a calamity. I think the important point to say here is that it matters. It is important to know how it started and how we are trying to prevent the next one, ”he said.
The World Health Organization conducted an investigation to conclude that an animal’s cause was “likely to very likely” and a laboratory incident as “extremely unlikely”.
But Relman and the group said it wasn’t a fair assessment.
Of the 313-page report, only four pages covered a possible lab accident.
“We shouldn’t just offer our personal opinions on what we think or what we feel,” he said.
“There are already too many. What we are saying in this letter is, let’s just refrain from giving our opinions and look at the hard and cold facts.
The United States and 13 other countries have expressed concerns about the WHO study because investigators were delayed to enter China until months after the start of the pandemic and because China has retained critical data.
Relman said several countries should be involved in the investigation to avoid any conflict of interest.
“Our government and some other governments are thinking about exactly how we would do it,” he added. “We would bring the National Academy of Sciences from other countries. There are already discussions about this. ”
Officials add with anti-Asian sentiment in some countries, to remember that it was Chinese doctors, scientists and journalists who shared crucial information with the world on the spread of the virus at great personal cost.
Now they too want the answers the world deserves.