White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki stated that the report prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the origin of the new type of corona virus (Covid-19) lacks essential data, information and transparency.
Psaki evaluated the agenda and answered journalists’ questions at the press conference he held at the White House.
Psaki, who made statements regarding the claim that Covid-19 was transmitted from bats to humans through another animal, in the report released on the origin of Covid-19 with the joint work of WHO-China, “President Biden, the American people, the global community, healthcare workers and their relatives to the virus. believes everyone deserves greater transparency and better information, “he said.
Noting that the United States and 13 countries have published a joint statement regarding the report, Psaki said, “We are still reviewing the report, but I will say a few points of concern. In this report, there is no essential information and the report puts a limited and incomplete picture in front of us.”
Underlining that the European Union (EU) member states have also expressed similar concerns regarding the report, Psaki said, “There should be a second stage in this process. Independent and international experts should investigate the origin of the virus. Data should be provided free access and appropriate questions should be asked to people in the field.”
“THE REPORT DOES NOT PROVIDE ENOUGH INFORMATION ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF THE VIRUS”
“The report lacks essential data, information and transparency,” Psaki said. shared his opinion.
Referring to China’s attitude in the preparation of the report, Psaki said, “China was not transparent, did not share important data and we cannot call it cooperation.”
Emphasizing that they still do not have enough information on the origin of the virus, Psaki criticized “The report does not provide us with sufficient information about the origin of the virus”.
Commenting on whether the United States still trusts WHO, Psaki said, “The role of WHO, which is an organ of the United Nations (UN), is important in the research process.”
RESPONSE TO THE REPORT FROM 14 COUNTRIES
The governments of the USA, Australia, England, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, South Korea and Slovenia responded to the latest WHO report with a joint written statement.
In the statement, which emphasized that the work of WHO experts was valuable, it was stated that the international experts report on the source of Covid-19 was “too late” and lacking in “providing access to original data”.
In the report on the origin of Covid-19 with the WHO-China joint study, it was claimed that Covid-19 was transmitted from bats to humans by another animal. In the report, the probability of Covid-19 leaving the laboratory was shown as the “least likely”.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, made the statement regarding the WHO report, which claimed that Kovid-19 was the “lowest” hypothesis, “I do not believe that this assessment is comprehensive enough. More data and studies will be needed to reach more robust results.” .
China previously rejected the US administration’s request to initiate an investigation into the origin of the virus, and imposed export restrictions on this country after the Australian government called for an international investigation into WHO in April 2020.
After the increase of international pressure, the delegation of experts and researchers from the USA, Australia, Germany, Japan, England, Russia, the Netherlands, Qatar and Vietnam first went to China at the beginning of January, but had to return after the Beijing administration warned that valid visas were not received. .
The delegation, which came to Wuhan on January 14 by private plane after obtaining the permits, was kept in quarantine for 14 days and exchanged information with Chinese officials online during this period.
In the field studies that started on January 29, the delegation conducted examinations in the seafood food market in Wuhan, where the first cases were seen, as well as Hubey China and Western Medicine Integrated Regional Hospital, Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, Hubey Province Disease Control Center and Animal Diseases Center.