A joint China-World Health Organization (WHO) study on the coronavirus “did not provide credible answers on how the epidemic started,” a group of international scientists and researchers said Wednesday, adding that more rigorous investigations are needed, with or without China’s participation.
The joint study, released last week, indicated that the most likely path of transmission of the coronavirus, involving bats and other wild animals, is in China and Southeast Asia. The report ruled out the possibility that the virus may have leaked from a laboratory.
In an open letter, 24 scientists and researchers, from Europe, the United States, Australia and Japan, said the study was influenced by politics.
“The starting point for them was: let’s get as many concessions as is required, to get as little cooperation from China,” said Jamie Metzel, a senior researcher at the Atlantic Council Research Center, who drafted the letter.
The letter explained, that the conclusions of the study were based on unpublished Chinese research, while vital records and biological samples were inaccessible.
In turn, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week that”China withheld information.”
But Liang Wanyan, China’s chief coronavirus expert, denied this and appeared to rule out further joint investigations in China, saying that “the focus should be on other countries.”
On February 22, a member of the WHO investigation team on the origin of coronavirus in Wuhan, China, revealed a meeting with the first person to have had a confirmed case of coronavirus, which appeared on December 8, 2019, according to an article published by the conference.
Dr. Dominic Dwyer, a member of the international investigation team, announced a meeting with the husband of a female Doctor Who Died of covid-19, leaving a small child behind, as well as a number of doctors who worked in Wuhan city hospitals to treat early covid-19 cases, where the team briefed them and their colleagues, and they were witnesses to the effects