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WHO to not launch interim report on Wuhan coronavirus mission: report

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WHO not to release interim report on Wuhan coronavirus mission: report
  • WHO group had returned not too long ago from Wuhan saying it had no clear discovering on the genesis of the virus.
  • Report says group will now publish the total and ultimate report, with a abstract of its findings.
  • Wuhan is the town the place the pandemic is believed to have originated in late 2019.


WASHINGTON: The World Well being Organisation has referred to as off its plan to launch an interim report of the group that visited Wuhan in China to research the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, The Wall Avenue Journal reported late Thursday.

Wuhan is the town the place the pandemic is believed to have originated in late 2019.

The WHO group returned not too long ago from its go to there saying it had no clear discovering on the genesis of the virus, amid tensions between the US and China on what induced the once-in-a century international well being disaster.

The US responded by saying it had “deep concerns” about what the group discovered and it pressed China for extra data.

WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had mentioned February 12 {that a} preliminary report with a abstract of the group’s findings can be issued quickly thereafter, and a full report in a matter of weeks.

However now the plan is to scrap the interim report, the Journal mentioned, quoting Peter Ben Embarek, the scientist who led the group.

As an alternative, the group will publish the total and ultimate report, with a abstract of its findings, the newspaper mentioned, quoting a WHO spokesman.

This broader report “will be published in coming weeks and will include key findings,” it quoted this spokesman as saying.

“By definition a summary report does not have all the details,” Ben Embarek was quoted as saying.

“So since there (is) so much interest in this report, a summary only would not satisfy the curiosity of the readers,” he added.

US State Division spokesman Ned Value referred to as on China Thursday to share what it is aware of from the earliest days of the pandemic.

“It is about learning and doing, being positioned to do everything we can to protect ourselves, the American people, and the international community against pandemic threats going forward,” Value advised a briefing.

“That’s why we need this understanding. That’s why we need this transparency from the Chinese government,” he mentioned.

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