The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told reporters in a global media briefing from Geneva that investigating into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic in China were being hampered by the lack of raw data on the first days of the spread there and urged it to be transparent.
The WHO-led investigators’ team spent four weeks in and around the central city of Wuhan with Chinese researchers and said in a joint report in March that the virus had probably been transmitted from bats to humans through another animal.
The WHO Investigation panel said that ‘introduction through a laboratory incident was considered to be an extremely unlikely pathway’.
Countries including the United States and some scientists were not satisfied. “We ask China to be transparent and open and to cooperate,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference on Thursday. “We owe it to the millions who suffered and the millions who died to know what happened,” he further expressed.
Dr. Tedros will brief WHO’s 194 member states on Friday regarding a proposed second phase of the study. “We look forward to working with our Chinese counterparts on that process and the director-general will outline measures to member states at a meeting tomorrow, on Friday,” he told reporters.