(Dmytro “Henry” Aleksandrov, Headline USA) The World Health Organization claimed this Thursday that China‘s lack of transparency over the origin of COVID-19 is “simply inexcusable.”
Three years after the virus was released into the world, Beijing-affiliated researchers have only just publicly shared crucial samples taken from inside Wuhan‘s “ground zero,” according to the Daily Mail.
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, a senior WHO official and a technical lead on COVID-19, heavily criticized China, saying that this data “should have been shared immediately.”
“The lack of data disclosure is simply inexcusable. The longer it takes to understand the origins of the pandemic, the harder it becomes to answer the question, and the more unsafe the world becomes,” she said.
“Every new piece of data could potentially move the world closer to stopping another pandemic – perhaps a worse one – in the future. The failure to share information only fuels politicization of origins tracing and keeps all hypotheses viable.”
Van Kerkhove said that she thinks China could be sitting on even more bombshell evidence that could reveal even more information about the virus.
“China has advanced technical capabilities and I, therefore, believe that more data exist that have yet to be shared,” she wrote in her first-person piece in the prestigious journal Science.
“[This includes] on the wild and farmed animal trade; the testing of humans and animals in Wuhan and across China; the operations of labs in Wuhan working on coronaviruses; the earliest potential cases; and more.”
“WHO continues to call on China and all countries to share any data on the origins of SARS-CoV-2, immediately,” she added.
“The world needs to move away from the politics of blame and, instead, exploit all diplomatic and scientific approaches so that the global scientific community can do what it does best – collaborate, focus on this health crisis and find evidence-based solutions to thwart future pandemics. Time is running out.”