US and allies criticize WHO coronavirus report

US and allies criticize WHO coronavirus report
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: US President Joe Biden believes Americans “deserve better information” about the origin of coronavirus pandemic and further steps from the global community. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said this on Tuesday after the release of a World Health Organization (WHO) coronavirus report that said the Covid-19 is very likely to have started with transmission from one animal to another, and then to humans.

During a White House briefing, Psaki told reporters: “I think he believes the American people, the global community, the medical experts, the doctors — all of the people who have been working to save lives, the families who have lost loved ones — all deserve greater transparency.”

The White House press secretary spoke shortly after the US and 12 other countries released a joint statement raising questions about the WHO report and calling for fully transparent AND INDEPENDENT evaluations, and the European Union (EU) called for better access for researchers and further investigation.

Authorities in 219 countries and territories have reported about 127.9 million coronavirus cases and 2.8 million Covid related deaths since China reported its first infections to the WHO in December 2019. In the US, More than 30 million people have fallen ill and more than 550,000 have died, Johns Hopkins University data shows.

The 120-page WHO’s coronavirus report, released on Tuesday, says a scenario where Covid-19 spread via an intermediate animal host, possibly a wild animal captured and then raised on a farm, is “very likely.”

The WHO investigation has not found what other animal was infected by a bat — considered the most likely original source of the virus — and then may have transmitted it to a human.

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