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Biden administration expresses ‘deep concerns’ about WHO’s China probe

WHO dismissed the theory that the virus originated in a lab.

The Biden administration on Saturday expressed “deep concerns” about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) probe into the Chinese handling of the coronavirus.

“We have deep concerns about the way in which the early findings of the COVID-19 investigation were communicated and questions about the process used to reach them,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a lengthy statement. “It is imperative that this report be independent, with expert findings free from intervention or alteration by the Chinese government.”


The WHO sent a team to investigate the origins of the virus in Wuhan, and was closely watched for evidence of Chinese stonewalling. The team left this week after saying that it was “extremely unlikely” that the virus emerged from a lab in Wuhan — and said it was pretty much not worth “further studies.”

The WHO scientists said in an exit briefing it is “most likely” that the coronavirus was initially transmitted via a jump from an animal to human (perhaps starting with a bat, associated with the Wuhan seafood market).

The WHO team of investigators found frozen wild animals being sold in the Wuhan market that came from regions where bats and hosts are known to carry a virus similar to novel coronavirus.

The Trump administration moved to terminate the relationship with the WHO over its handling of the early days of the pandemic, and particularly its alleged pro-China bias.


The Biden administration has reversed that, and committed to the U.S. to the WHO.

On Saturday, Sullivan referenced statements by the team that they did not get to see raw data and had to rely on an analysis of the data that was presented to them — and called for China to get it.

“To better understand this pandemic and prepare for the next one, China must make available its data from the earliest days of the outbreak. Going forward, all countries, including China, should participate in a transparent and robust process for preventing and responding to health emergencies — so that the world learns as much as possible as soon as possible,” he said.

Greg Palkot 

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  1. This is a very difficult thing. This virus certainly originated in the wild, and probably among bats (which are likely vectors in most “Novel Viral Outbreaks”.)

    That said, there are two significant issues that make leading epidemiologists fear this may be an engineered virus;

    1. The jump from one species to another is tough (zoonosis), adding to that high levels of contagiousness, that’s hard. In fact its truly uncommon. Either this virus has been mutating quietly for decades in China, without ever being noticed… or somebody found it, took it to a lab, and started experimenting with it.

    2. Wild viruses don’t tend to become more virulent and contagious as they mutate. That would hint at the possibility of having been engineered.

    There are a number of philosophies for fighting the ever growing threat of pandemic in the world… especially with the those nations with huge populations and governments capable of making unilateral choices without the concern of political backlash. One of those strategies, is to find wild viruses, and engineer them into worst case versions, then develop vaccines and treatments for those worst cases… so you can head them off before the can become problems.

    The downside of this being, what happens if your FrankenBug get’s out of the lab through accident or misadventure? COVID 19 may be the answer to that question. There is still no proof China had an accident. Only evidence. But China needs to come clean, and the WHO needs to ride them hard, its reputation is at stake.

    • Steve, that misses the point completely. The problem isn’t China per se’, its that we need to have a global response to pandemic, that get’s boots on the ground WHEREVER that ground is, hours not days after an outbreak happens. The WHO could spearhead this global taskforce. Obama started the building of such a resource, and Donald promptly dismantled it. We need to get back to having a first line defense for all of humanity.

      There are monsters in the wild, with 60%, 70%, 90% death rates, that would make COVID 19 look like a dance in the park with Fred Astaire. Imagine an Ebola, with a 90% death rate, airborne, contagious, and with a long incubation period so millions or even billions could be infected before symptoms started popping up. That would be a civilization killer.

      We know that COVID 19 will cost the world between 8 and 16 Trillion dollars. Preventing future outbreaks by comparison will cost a tiny fraction of 1% of that. The best insurance humanity ever bought. We can ill afford to be complacent.


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