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United Nations, 31 March: Peter Ben Ambreck of the World Health Organization (WHO), who led the team, presented a first-stage study report on the possible source of the virus responsible for the pandemic. The epidemic started in China last year, so far 28 lakh people have died and the economy is going through a bad phase. The report to the Associated Press on Monday and formally published on Tuesday said that the spread of the virus from bats to humans through other animals is more likely, while the possibility of leaking the virus from the laboratory is ‘extremely low’ ” is. At the same time, the WHO chief said that so far the hypotheses have not stopped. After the release of the report, the US and about a dozen countries expressed concern about the study. Instead of pointing directly to China, he drew attention to the delay in getting reports and lack of access to samples and data. Responding to these criticisms, China said it was an attempt to ‘politicize’ the issue. White House press secretary Jane Saki said the Biden administration was reviewing the WHO report. He also said, “There is a lack of important data, information … there is no access to them, there is a lack of transparency”.
Saki said that the study could not produce as much impact as the impact of the epidemic on the world. In a joint statement of 14 countries separately, the US State Department called for experts to ‘speed up’ the Phase II study and insisted on more studies on animals to detect virus infection in humans. . The European Union issued a separate statement raising concerns about the delayed study and deployment of experts, limited samples and availability of data, but said the report was the first helpful step. At the same time, China’s Foreign Ministry in a statement released on its website underlined that China has given full cooperation to WHO. Ben Embrake said that the team members felt political pressure “from all sides”. He also said, “We have never been pressurized to remove important elements from our report.”
Embrake also underlined the issue of ‘privacy’ in China, due to which some data cannot be shared. He said that similar ban is also there in many other countries. Also read: Coronavirus update: 53,480 new cases of Kovid-19 in India, 354 people died.
Embrake, who attended a press conference with several team members, said, “The team did not have full access to the primary data and recommended to study it in the future.” Yes, we have just scratched the surface of this complex study, and there is a need to study. ”Japan has also demanded more studies to find out the source of Kovid-19. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters, “To prevent the epidemic in the future, it is necessary to have an independent investigation led by experts that is free from surveillance.” ”