MOSCOW, February 10 – RIA Novosti. A member of the World Health Organization (WHO) team, who arrived in the Chinese city of Wuhan to identify the source of COVID-19, urged not to rely only on US intelligence data on the origin of the coronavirus after the words of a representative of the US Department of State about the need to verify the information of experts.
Earlier, State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the United States is awaiting details from the World Health Organization (WHO) about the origin of the new coronavirus and is calling for transparency. He stressed that the United States expects to receive a report and details of a WHO investigation on this matter. In addition, Price said the United States will use information “collected and analyzed by the American intelligence community” to “evaluate the report” and “data analyzed by WHO.”
“Joe Biden has to take a tough stance on China. Please don't rely on US intelligence alone: it became increasingly fragmented under (ex-President Donald) Trump, and was frankly wrong in many ways. We are happy to help the White House in their task of verification, but do not forget that first you need to “trust” and then “verify!” – wrote on his Twitter account of the British and American expert Peter Dassak, who is part of the WHO international mission.
In turn, the expert of the team, Marion Koopmans, also commented on the statements of the representative of the American Department of State.
“It's begun. There is no need to wait for a report, is there?” – this was the question Koopmans asked on her Twitter.
Currently, China hosts an international WHO expert group that is investigating the origin of COVID-19. WHO experts have already visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology, including the highly isolated BSL-4 laboratory, which was associated with rumors of an alleged “leak” of the virus or the possible artificial origin of COVID-19, the hospital, the Huanan seafood market, where the first infected with COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is currently unknown what role the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan played in the spread of Sars-Cov-2, as well as the direct hit of COVID-19 from bats on the Wuhan market, suggesting that was probably an intermediate carrier of the virus. WHO experts intend to study it in the future. However, they stated that transmission of the virus to humans due to laboratory leakage is unlikely.