The World Health Organization’s chief has said that a mission to study the origins of the COVID-19 virus in China did not provide an adequate analysis of the possibility that the illness leaked from a lab before it concluded that the pathogen likely spread from bats to humans through another animal.
Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that despite an international team of scientists determining that a leak is the least likely cause of the for the origin of the coronavirus pandemic, it still requires further investigation. The director said he’s ready to send out an additional mission involving specialists and experts as he doesn’t believe the first assessment was thorough enough.
These comments were made during a briefing to WHO member countries on Tuesday.
Although Tedros has consistently said all options remain on the table and the WHO wouldn’t shut down any lines of inquiry, Tuesday’s comments mark the first time he’s openly speculated about the possibility of a leak. The WHO chief was criticized by Trump administration officials for being too deferential to China in the early days of the pandemic.
Tedros’ statment came after numerous critics, including former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, slammed the leaked report over WHO’s ties to China.
Pomepo called it “a sham continuation of the CCP-WHO disinformation campaign. It’s why I recommended we leave WHO. Dr. Tedros collaborated with Xi to hide human to human transmission at a CRITICAL juncture. WIV remains the most likely source of the virus — and WHO is complicit.”
Tedros also stated that the international team that was sent to investigate the origin of the coronavirus had major difficulties getting access to raw data during the mission.
If the director of the WHO still feels that there is much more that needs investigating, it seems likely he has seen something that lends credibility to the idea that there is more going on with the lab origin theory than everyone is letting on.
That’s a possibility at least. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens now.