WHO Report “Subjective and Incomplete”
After a year of waiting for a definitive and plausible conclusion for the Covid-19 Pandemic, the only information extracted from the WHO report is that there is no new information.
Nearly 3 million people worldwide have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The economic devastation has also been pronounced; the pandemic will ultimately cost the United States $16 trillion, a Congressional Budget Office study has found.
The new World Health Organization’s report released yesterday that attempts to explore the source of the coronavirus pandemic has met with suspicion in Washington but leaves an open question: how the pathogen originated.
According to the Associated Press, the report’s most possible inference is that the coronavirus moved from an animal to a wildlife pond to humans in China, possibly at a Chinese farm. Next in the probability is the infection having transmitted from bats to humans.
The study team was in Wuhan, China, for an entire month, in January, to look at how the virus got into the community. Ultimately, however, the responses were few.
This study claims that the virus may have transmitted to humans through frozen goods, fried, or packaged food was also doubtful, according to the WHO. One speculation was labeled as “improbable yet almost impossible,” and another was dubbed “highly improbable.”White House press secretary Jen Psaki addressed the 120-page study. The study is incomplete, she explained. It’s just a glimpse, “It represents a partial and incomplete picture.”
According to a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying was recorded by Yahoo News.
“The Chinese side offered necessary facilitation for the team’s work, fully demonstrating its openness, transparency and responsible attitude.”
“Study of origins is also a global mission that should be conducted in multiple countries and localities.”
Hua believed the WHO study would encourage global collaboration for origin-tracking. It’s unclear if originators have attempted to track down the source of the coronavirus outside China.
It is not whether virologists had complete freedom of travel in Wuhan, where the CO19 cases were first found. A team of 17 Chinese and 17 additional scientists worked on the investigation. However, China has ultimate control over the size of the foreign team.
Richard Ebright, director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University, who had neither the permission nor ability to challenge Chinese officials and scientists, called scientists behind the report as “hand-picked stooges.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the senior Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, “No one should be surprised that the WHO report on the origins of COVID-19 is misleading and incomplete.”
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused China’s communist leaders of “obstruction of a thorough investigation,” which he said was “shameful but unsurprising.”
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the WHO, seems to agree with such critiques, complaining earlier this week that the researchers he sent to China had “difficulties” obtaining “raw evidence.” He considered the results of their investigation to be “insufficiently thorough,” meaning that further on-the-ground testing, even into the lab-leak theory, was needed.
The report’s most controversial assertion is that the investigators say the H7N9 virus did not emerge at the central Wuxi Institute of Virology Scandals involving the virology laboratory may have contributed to rumors that the virus “escaped.”
Critics can or not provide proof to justify their theory; however, the WHO cannot disprove it.
“The WHO team essentially appears to have abdicated any real role in looking carefully at a lab leak hypothesis,” said Relman, the Stanford microbiologist. “All they seem to have done is ask some labs and lab scientists whether they could have been the source of a leak and were told no. This is not a scientific investigation by any stretch of the imagination.”