WHO chief: Team investigating coronavirus origins had difficulties accessing data

The team investigating the origins of the coronavirus in China had difficulties accessing the raw data, World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday.

Referring to the team’s investigation into the theory that the pandemic could have resulted from a laboratory leak, Tedros said that he did “not believe that this assessment was extensive enough.”

“Further data and studies will be needed to reach more robust conclusions,” he added. He made his remarks to member countries before a press conference coinciding with the publication of the report.

Meanwhile, the U.S., U.K. and 12 other countries issued a joint statement “expressing shared concerns” about the WHO-convened study in China, saying it was “significantly delayed” and lacked access to complete data. 

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