Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday issued a statement on the theory and team's investigation in Wuhan. Dr. Peter Ben Embarek, the head of the team, earlier this week claimed the lab leak theory was unlikely and didn't require more investigation.
But Tedros appeared to dispute Embarek's comments, saying more investigation is warranted.
He went on to say: “Some questions have been raised as to whether some hypotheses have been discarded. I want to clarify that all hypotheses remain open and require further study.” Tedros did not elaborate.
The team’s visit to China was heavily controlled by the CCP, with journalists kept well away and the absence of a publicly available full itinerary.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) accused the WHO of repeating CCP talking points by saying the virus didn't originate in a laboratory in Wuhan.
Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China" and noted China critic, told The Epoch Times that the mission was designed to fail.
"The clampdown comes from the top," the AP article stated, referring to bosses in the ruling communist party.
“There’s so much speculation around the origins of this virus,” Jonna Mazet, a founding executive director of the UC Davis One Health Institute, said of the lack of cooperation on behalf of the CCP, noting that American scientists were not able to conduct investigations inside China. “We need to step back...and let scientists get the real answer without the finger-pointing.”