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The awaited report by the World Health Organization (WHO) mission on the origin of covid-19 aroused fears, also predictable, in the United States, United Kingdom and 12 other allied countries. In a joint statement, this group of governments expressed their “concern” about the rigor of the study published on Tuesday, arguing that experts had no access to original data and evidence from China, and that the investigation was carried out with a significant delay. The Xi Jinping regime took a year to authorize the presence of the mission of that international body.
The group sent by the WHO, a team of 17 international scientists, examined together with an equivalent number of Chinese experts the information and places related to the first cases of the pandemic, detected in the city of Wuhan in December 2019. The work, developed between January 10 and February 14 also failed to satisfy the organization itself. Its director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, criticized “the difficulties that [os cientistas] had to have access to the original data ”, adding:“ I hope that future collaborative studies will include a broader and more agile exchange of data ”.
This is the same sentiment present in the joint declaration signed by the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Norway and South Korea, released on Tuesday. “We came together to express our common concern about the recent WHO study in China, while reiterating the importance of working together to develop a fast, effective, transparent, science-based and independent process to be used international assessments of these types of outbreaks in the future ”, points out the text.
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At a press conference too, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki was more direct, stating that the report offers “a partial and incomplete picture”. Washington had already questioned this study, among other reasons, for not having participated in its planning or realization. The friction between WHO and the administration of former President Donald Trump over the pandemic reached such a point that the Republican decided to cut the US contribution to the organization. But the new Democratic government, which reinstated the contribution, also criticized China, saying it “did not offer the necessary transparency”.
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