The United States on Thursday called on the World Health Organization to conduct a second phase of its investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, with independent experts having full access to the original data and samples in China.
A WHO-led team that spent four weeks in and around Wuhan in January and February with Chinese researchers said in a March report that the virus was likely transmitted from bats to humans by a other animal, and that “introduction through a laboratory incident was considered an extremely unlikely route.”
The american president
ordered aides to find answers to the origin of the virus that causes Covid-19, saying on Wednesday that U.S. intelligence agencies were pursuing rival theories, potentially including the possibility of a laboratory accident in China.
The initial WHO study was “insufficient and inconclusive,” the US mission to the UN in Geneva said in a statement on Thursday, calling for what it called a timely, transparent and evidence-based second investigation. evidence, including in China.
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“It is essential that China provides independent experts with full access to original and complete data and samples relevant to understanding the source of the virus and the early stages of the pandemic,” the US statement said.