After the release of the WHO Wuhan Traceability Report, Director General Tedesai pointed out that the investigation of the Wuhan laboratory leakage theory was not extensive enough, and it was difficult to access the data. He stressed the need for deeper research and was ready to send a new team of experts back to China. China’s foreign ministry said international experts had proved it highly unlikely, let alone difficult access to raw data.
Referring to the Chinese collaboration, Tedros called for “more timely and comprehensive data sharing” for future research collaboration with China. Although the newly released joint report has shown that the likelihood that Novel Coronavirus originated from the Wuhan lab is extremely low, Dr. Tedsejang called for a deeper investigation of the theory. The attack on China was the strongest to date, given that Tedros has been criticized by the U.S. and other Western countries for his handling of the initial outbreak in China.
Australia, Canada, the Czech republic, Israel, Japan, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, South Korea, Slovenia, Britain, the United States and the European Union said in a joint statement, about will be the origin of the coronavirus national experts research is greatly delayed, and unable to get a complete raw data and samples.
The EU called the report on the new coronet study an important step, but again criticized the research’s origins for being too slow, experts being denied too long a stay in China, and insufficient access to data and early samples. Walter Stevens, the European Union’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, called in a statement for further research missions to “obtain timely data on the sites and all relevant human, animal and environmental data available.”
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the United States has “substantial evidence” that Novel Coronavirus leaked from the lab and insisted that the latest WHO report was “false.” He called for the United States to once again defund the World Health Organization, a step former President Trump took last year when his administration criticized the agency for failing to pursue what it called a cover-up of inaction.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin made a positive response at a regular press conference: “The WHO released the traceability research report of the China-WHO joint expert group on March 30, which confirmed the conclusion that it is highly unlikely that the virus was leaked from the laboratory. The report was written by more than 30 of the world’s leading experts in a wide range of fields. It is representative and highly professional.”
Wang stressed that the joint expert group has been conducting research and writing the report independently, following WHO procedures and adopting a scientific method, and the report submitted is authoritative and scientific.
In response to the question raised by both Western countries and Tedros that there is no access to the original data in China, Wang Wenbin also replied: “I would like to emphasize that China and WHO are conducting joint scientific research on the source at the request of the WHO. Several international experts have made it clear on various occasions that a laboratory leak is highly unlikely and that there is no such thing as difficulty in obtaining raw data. All parties should respect science and the opinions and conclusions of scientists. WHO in particular has a leading role to play in this regard.”
As of now, WHO is still unable to provide a definitive conclusion as to where the novel coronavirus first began to circulate. This means that the ongoing efforts of expert teams to investigate whether the pandemic started, as the US and some experts say, in Wuhan, China, will continue to create tensions between countries.
Nikolai Petrovsky, a vaccine expert at Flinders University, said the investigation would not be able to dismiss the laboratory leak theory without giving experts data on potential laboratory leaks. According to the report, the leading theory accepted by experts is that novel coronavirus first jumped from bats to humans through another animal.