The United States and 13 Allied States expressed common concern over a World Health Organization mission report summarizing the origins of the coronavirus following a visit to Wuhan.
According to a statement from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Israel, Norway, Denmark, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and the Baltic countries, China did not give WHO experts access to all the information they needed to investigate, including the collected samples. The Chinese authorities have also delayed the admission of the mission to Wuhan, which is believed to be the site of the new virus.
“We are all in favor of a transparent and independent analysis of the question of what is the cause of the coronavirus pandemic, from where the COVID-19 pandemic began. Third parties have no right to interfere in the process or try to influence it, ”Washington and its partners emphasize.
They call for the creation of an independent mechanism to assess outbreaks of unknown diseases.
In turn, former US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo believes that “the most likely source of the spread of the virus” remains the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
On his Twitter, he openly accused Chinese leader Xi Jinping and WHO head Tedros Ghebreyesus of conspiracy. The head of the UN structure, according to Pompeo, “collaborated with Xi Jinping in order to hide the fact of transmission of the virus from person to person at the most difficult moment.”
According to the head of Trump’s State Department, the mission’s report is of no value, as it is “a continuation of the disinformation campaign on the part of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and WHO.”
“For this reason, at one time I recommended the United States to leave the WHO,” the diplomat recalled.
The European Union, in turn, hailed the release of the report as a “first useful step” to find the source of the pandemic. However, they also complained about the “late start of research” and other delays and obstacles in collecting scientific data.
Recall that in the WHO report, the version of the laboratory origin of COVID was recognized as “extremely unlikely.”