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U.S. joins 13 other nations in criticizing WHO for a lack of transparency in China Covid report

The United States signed on to a joint statement with 13 other nations Tuesday criticizing the World Health Organization’s long-anticipated report on the origins of Covid-19. In a joint statement, the governments of Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, South Korea, Slovenia, United Kingdom and the United States, wrote that the report “was significantly delayed and lacked access to complete, original data and samples.”

“In a serious outbreak of an unknown pathogen with pandemic potential, a rapid, independent, expert-led, and unimpeded evaluation of the origins is critical to better prepare our people, our public health institutions, our industries, and our governments to respond successfully to such an outbreak and prevent future pandemics,” according to the joint statement. “Going forward, there must now be a renewed commitment by WHO and all Member States to access, transparency, and timeliness,” the group added.

While the WHO’s 120-page report, which was published Tuesday and produced by a team of international scientists, helped to advance the scientific community’s understanding of the deadly virus that swept the globe, it fell short of a full assessment. “We have not yet found the source of the virus, and we must continue to follow the science and leave no stone unturned as we do,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press briefing Tuesday. “Finding the origin of a virus takes time and we owe it to the world to find the source so we can collectively take steps to reduce the risk of this happening again. No single research trip can provide all the answers,” he added.

U.S. joins 13 other nations in criticizing WHO for a lack of transparency in China Covid report, CNBC, Mar 31

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