The United States was concerned about the initial findings of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the origin of the coronavirus. This was stated by the US President’s National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan.
Earlier, WHO called the transmission of COVID-19 from an intermediate carrier to a person the most likely hypothesis of the origin of the pandemic. At the same time, the organization’s experts were unable to determine the source of the coronavirus among animals in Wuhan. Sullivan said questions remain about how the experts came to these conclusions.
It is important that the report is independent and that the experts ‘ conclusions are free from interference or changes by the Chinese government, he said. The PRC should provide data on the very first days of the outbreak, the presidential adviser added.
Earlier, the Chinese authorities refused to hand over such data to the WHO. Since January 14, an international team of experts has been in China for almost a month and conducted joint research with Chinese specialists to find out the origin of COVID-19.
They said it was not known what role the Wuhan seafood market had played in spreading the virus, and also called it unlikely that COVID-19 could have directly entered the market from bats. A member of the international mission, Dr. Thea Fischer, said that there are no discrepancies between the data analyzed by the Chinese side and the information that WHO specialists collected in Wuhan. However, for a deeper study, access to the original raw data is required.