WHO coronavirus report 'lacks crucial data' says Psaki
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tore up the World Health Organisation (WHO) report on the origins of the coronavirus in a press conference on Tuesday evening. In a damming undressing, Ms Psaki addressed major concerns over the quality of the report which concluded Covid did not originate in a Wuhan lab. But international leaders have condemned the report as being heavily infleunced by China officials who prevented medical experts from doing comprehensive, independent research while investigating the source of the bug.
The Press Secretary said: “The American people, the global community, the medical experts, the doctors, all the people that have been working to save lives… all deserve greater transperency.
“They deserve better information, they deserve steps that are taken by the global community to provide that.”
Ms Psaki furiously added: “The report lacks crucial data, information and access.
“It represents a partial and incomplete picture.”
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The Press Secretary went on to call for a second stage of the process to be carried out and demanded transparency on the report.
She said a new process should be taken control of by “international and independent experts” who should have “unfettered access to data” in China where it is believed officials chaperoned and monitored WHO investigators everywhere.
She also said how these experts should be able to ask questions of people on the ground in China who nd said this was very much a step the WHO could take.
Ms Psaki joined in the joint condemnation of China and criticism of the report’s findings.
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The leaked report on the origins of COVID-19 has concluded it is “extremely unlikely” that the coronavirus, which has killed millions across the world, originated in a lab in China.
Detailing the WHO’s findings, the report said there was no evidence that the virus was created in a lab as a number of theories had suggested over the past year.
The document reads: “Although rare, laboratory accidents do happen, and different laboratories around the world are working with bat [coronaviruses].
“When working in particular with virus cultures, but also with animal inoculations or clinical samples, humans could become infected in laboratories with limited biosafety, poor laboratory management practice, or following negligence.”
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The report added: “There is no record of viruses closely related to Sars-CoV-2 in any laboratory before December 2019, or genomes that in combination could provide a Sars-CoV-2 genome… and therefore the risk of accidental culturing Sars-CoV-2 in the [Wuhan] laboratory is extremely low.
“The Wuhan CDC lab which moved on December 2, 2019 reported no disruptions or incidents caused by the move.
“They also reported no storage nor laboratory activities on CoVs or other bat viruses preceding the outbreak”.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said prior to the report being seen: “We’ve got real concerns about the methodology and the process that went into that report, including the fact that the government in Beijing apparently helped to write it.”
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