WHO slammed for saying COVID-19 likely didn’t originate from Wuhan lab – New York Post

The World Health Organization is facing bipartisan criticism for its COVID-19 origins report that will say animals rather than a lab are the source of the deadly pandemic.

A leaked draft of the joint report from the WHO and China, first reported Monday by the Associated Press, says it’s “extremely unlikely” that the coronavirus escaped from a lab.

But both Republicans and Democrats are slamming the report as biased because of the Chinese Communist Party-led government’s role in the investigation after party officials covered up early case data before the virus spread abroad.

Atlantic Council senior fellow Jamie Metzl, a former staffer to President Biden when he led the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, told “60 Minutes” on CBS that it’s akin to allowing the Soviet Union to investigate the Chernobyl nuclear accident, which also was covered up by local authorities.

“It was agreed first that China would have veto power over who even got to be on the mission,” said Metzl, who also worked at the White House National Security Council under President Bill Clinton.

“WHO agreed to that. On top of that, the WHO agreed that in most instances, China would do the primary investigation and then just share its findings with these international experts. So these international experts weren’t allowed to do their own primary investigation.”

Members of the World Health Organization's team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic inspect the Hubei animal epidemic disease prevention and control center in Wuhan, China
Members of the World Health Organization’s team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic inspect the Hubei animal epidemic disease prevention and control center in Wuhan, China
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CBS journalist Lesley Stahl asked, “You’re saying that China did the investigation and showed the results to the committee and that was it?”

“Pretty much that was it — not entirely, but pretty much that was it. Imagine if we had asked the Soviet Union to do a co-investigation of Chernobyl, it doesn’t really make sense,” Metzl said.

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WHO slammed for saying COVID-19 likely didn’t originate from Wuhan lab – New York Post

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