Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the WHO, announced that the report of the investigation into the origins of the Covid in Wuhan, China would be made public the week of March 15.
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Answers eagerly awaited by countries around the world.
WHO boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on Friday that the World Health Organization (WHO) team of experts will make public its investigative report on the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic in the week of March 15.
"I know that many member countries are eager to see the report" and "me too of course", added the director general of the WHO.
He promised to give the first to member states "before it is published" and to present the conclusions to them.
"All the hypotheses remain on the table" to explain the origin of the pandemic
The WHO team has been dispatched since January to Wuhan in China, the first city in the world where the coronavirus appeared.
Initially, the WHO had said that the expert team would quickly issue a preliminary report before the final report.
This draft preliminary document was finally abandoned in February, but without any real explanation.
During a long press conference in Wuhan at the end of their mission, the experts exposed the different working hypotheses on how the virus that causes Covid-19 passed from animal to human.
They had seemed to rule out the hypothesis that the virus could have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as Donald Trump's administration claimed, deeming it highly unlikely.
But the director general of the WHO had shortly after rectified the situation by affirming that "all the assumptions remain on the table" to explain the origin of the pandemic.
An about-face that had sown some confusion and added to the skepticism displayed towards the mission by many countries, starting with the United States.
Call for a new, independent and deeper investigation
During a press conference Thursday, the spokesman for American diplomacy Ned Price called for Beijing to show "transparency".
"What we have been clearly indicating for several weeks is that we have deep concerns about how the first results of the Covid-19 investigation team were communicated and questions about the underlying process to achieve these results, ”he said.
In an open letter made public Thursday, 24 international researchers called for a new, independent and more in-depth investigation, denouncing "structural limitations" imposed on the work of WHO experts at the time of their visit to China.
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