The White House will study the WHO report on the emergence of coronavirus
White House COVID-19 Response Team delivers an update on coronavirus in the US
The group of experts practically ruled out the possibility of laboratory origin of COVID-19
Joe Biden’s administration «looking forward to the opportunity» to examine the data included in a World Health Organization report released on Tuesday regarding the origin of the new coronavirus, which leads to a serious respiratory illness, COVID-19. This was announced at a briefing on Tuesday by the press secretary of the White House Jen Psaki.
The authors of the report, who visited Wuhan, China, where the first cases of infection were recorded in December 2019, concluded that the coronavirus could hardly have been created in the Wuhan virus laboratory. The head of a WHO-led group investigating the origins of the coronavirus said bats were the most likely source of wild-to-human transmission of the virus. In addition, a version of the transmission of the virus to humans through frozen foods is being studied. The head of the research team ruled out the leak of the virus from the laboratory.
Jen Psaki said the Biden administration was not involved in «planning and conducting» investigation. The White House is going to conduct an independent assessment of the conclusions reached by the expert group and the baseline data. Psaki clarified that, despite the cancellation of Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from WHO, «it is imperative that we have our own team of experts locally».
Peter Ben Embarek, who led a group of independent experts who were in Wuhan for almost a month, said on Tuesday that his team was able to obtain new information, but this did not fundamentally change the already established view of the origin of the virus..
According to Embarek, the possibility of a virus leak from a Wuhan specialized laboratory, which conspiracy theorists insist on, «extremely unlikely» and needs no further study.