The United States on May 25 urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to start a new investigation into the source of the CCP virus, amid growing calls to investigate whether the pandemic may have stemmed from a laboratory accident.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, in remarks to the virtual 74th World Health Assembly, called for the WHO to launch a “transparent” second phase to the investigation.
Becerra didn’t mention China or Wuhan directly, where the first-known human cases of COVID-19 emerged in December 2019.
“Now, there were phase one results that came through. We were not—during that first phase of the investigation, there was not access to data, there was not information provided. And now, we’re hopeful that WHO can move into a more transparent, independent phase two investigation,” Psaki said.
“But given it was an international pandemic ... we’re going to do that in coordination with our international partners, continue to press the Chinese to release that data and information and play a constructive role in the second phase of the investigation.”
The report was a culmination of the U.N. agency’s joint investigation with Chinese scientists into the origins of the CCP virus in January and February of this year. Critics have said that the WHO investigation may lack transparency and wasn’t independent of the Chinese communist regime, which played a significant role in the CCP virus origins probe.
A WHO spokesman, Tarik Jasarevic, asking about a follow-up mission, told Reuters on May 24 that the agency was reviewing the recommendations from the WHO report at the technical level.
“The technical teams will prepare a proposal for the next studies that will need to be carried out, and will present that to the director-general for his consideration,” he said, referring to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.