GENEVA – The World Health Organization released a proposed list of 25 experts to advise on next steps in discovering the origins of the coronavirus after it slammed its earlier efforts to accommodate China, where the first Human cases were detected.
In a statement on Wednesday, the United Nations health agency says its proposed experts – including some who were on the original team that traveled to Wuhan to investigate the origins of COVID-19 – will have a two-week public consultation period. will be subject to. Among the suggested members of the new team are Marion Koopman of the Netherlands and Thea Fischer of Denmark, who were on the WHO team that visited China in February. In a recent commentary, Koopman, Fischer and others said the search for the origins of COVID-19 had “stagnated” and that Chinese officials were still refusing to hand over some of the raw data.
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After the WHO-led team completed its visit to China, experts released a report that said the possibility of the coronavirus leaking from the Wuhan lab was “extremely unlikely”, prompting criticism from outside scientists that The theory was not properly verified. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus later acknowledged that it was “premature” to dismiss the lab theory.
Many health experts and scientists have called for an independent investigation beyond the WHO, pointing out that the agency has no authority to force countries, including China, to cooperate. China has said it welcomes further investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, but in other countries. A recent review of US intelligence ordered by President Joe Biden found inconclusive evidence as to whether the coronavirus originated in a laboratory.