The new report by the WHO into the origin of the coronavirus citing many delays and a lack of full access to data has raised many concerns in 14 countries. China has strongly denied the allegations that the Covid-19 sprang from a Lab leak.
Criticism of The US Administration
The administration of Donald Trump has heavily criticized China for delaying access to the experts of WHO. The administration of Joe Biden has raised concerns about China’s handling of the probe. A statement was released by the US with 13 of its allies stating that the inquiry of the lab leak lacked the data and samples that it needed. The statement said, “We join in expressing shared concerns regarding the recent WHO-convened study in China”.
Further Investigation of The Lab Leak Theory
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of WHO demanded a further investigation of the lab leak theory. He said that the investigation is much needed to reach “more robust conclusions”. On Tuesday, during a news briefing, the Director-General stated, “I do not believe that this assessment was extensive enough”. He further added, “Although the team has concluded that a laboratory leak is the least likely hypothesis, this requires further investigation, potentially with additional missions involving specialist experts, which I am ready to deploy”.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- China has always rejected the claims that the virus has originated in the lab. Further investigation by the experts of WHO is required to reach the conclusions.
- China has been largely criticized across the whole world for its alleged role in the spread of the deadly virus. It is expected that there must be comprehensive data sharing in future investigations. The experts of WHO must also continue their investigation so that the truth of the lab leak theory comes out soon.