Coronavirus

WHO Chief Questions His Own Agency's Report on the Origins of COVID-19

"I do not believe that this assessment was extensive enough."

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The World Health Organization (WHO) released its global study of the origins of the COVID-19 virus today. The report was put together by a team of disease specialists consisting of 17 international members and 17 members selected by the Chinese government. The WHO investigators were finally allowed into China more than a year after an outbreak of anomalous cases of pneumonia was first identified in Wuhan.

The new report delves into four different scenarios for the origins of the COVID-19 coronavirus. One, that the virus jumped directly from an animal source into humans; two, that the virus incubated in an intermediate animal source and then spread to humans; three, that the virus somehow lurked in frozen foods possibly shipped from outside China; and four, that introduction occurred through a laboratory accident. The investigators suggest that the direct jump scenario is possible-to-likely; the intermediate host spread is very likely; frozen foods as a source is possible; and a lab leak is deemed as an extremely unlikely pathway.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus evidently thinks that the conclusion that a lab leak is extremely unlikely has been too hastily made in the report. In his remarks after the report was released, Tedros observed, "Although the team has concluded that a laboratory leak is the least likely hypothesis, this requires further investigation, potentially with additional missions involving specialist experts, which I am ready to deploy."

"I do not believe that this assessment was extensive enough. Further data and studies will be needed to reach more robust conclusions," he added. "Let me say clearly that as far as WHO is concerned all hypotheses remain on the table."

This is a considerable shift from the more obsequious tone the international health agency took at the beginning of the pandemic back in January 2020. "The WHO delegation highly appreciated the actions China has implemented in response to the outbreak, its speed in identifying the virus and openness to sharing information with WHO and other countries," declared a January 28, 2020, press release.

Both the Trump and now the Biden administrations have called out the Chinese government for stymying efforts by outside investigators to trace the origins of the COVID-19 virus.

In an effort create a faster and more transparent international system for identifying and monitoring future disease outbreaks, the leaders of more than 20 countries issued a call today for a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response. Such a new treaty would aim at helping governments to "be better prepared to predict, prevent, detect, assess and effectively respond to pandemics in a highly coordinated fashion." This would include enhanced cooperation on establishing outbreak alert systems and faster and more transparent data-sharing.

Although the United States and China did not sign onto the statement calling for a new pandemic treaty, Tedros noted in his press conference that "the comment from member states including the U.S. and China was actually positive."

As the origin country of the 2002 SARS and 2019 COVID coronavirus outbreaks, China clearly owes the rest of the world total data transparency rather than meticulously stage-managed show investigations. The apparently more aggressive challenge to China's obfuscations by the WHO's Tedros is an overdue, but welcome, development.

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  1. Clearly this is because that evil orange man pulled American funding from the WHO and that we need to pump even more money into this organization to get…whatever it is we’re supposed to get from it.

    1. Of course we were unprepared for this deadly epidemic. Republicans put their faith in red-state Jesus instead of listening to the scientists! I won’t apologize for believing that climate change is real, white supremacy is deadly, trans kids are valid, and Doctor Fauci is always right. When are you rubes going to wake up and realize that Jeebus isn’t going to solve the world’s problems?

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  2. FOLLOW THE SCIENCE!

    Which way do we go?

    1. Follow Doctor Fauci on Twitter and you’ll find out.

      1. “just because you’ve had a vaccine, doesn’t mean you’re allowed out of your cell…. and that goes for prisoners too”

      2. If you follow Fauci, you will get lost.

        1. You can follow Fauci until he enters his private dining club and slams the door in your face

  3. >>17 members selected by the Chinese government

    China throwing curveballs @6 year-olds

    1. Cool it with the anti-Asian hate. Libertarians need to be committed to a pro-market ideology by first being committed to an anti-racist ideology.

      1. admiration.

        1. Any day now I expect the creators of Anime to voluntarily pull their products for committing the sin a passive racism. If it’s good enough for Captain Underpants…

          1. speed racer triggers me

            1. Spongebob squarepants.

  4. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if we were to find out that US intelligence is responsible for the virus and it was released during the Wunan Military World Games in October 2019? Would you be surprised?

    1. No you got to buy your own copy of Hey Soul classics my brother.

    2. No one here would be surprised – we’ve been saying it since January 2020.

  5. Looks like he may soon be another “mugging” victim.

  6. So, the great coincidence here is that the virus first appeared in the one city in China with two government virology research centers, one with the world’s expert on bat viruses. And then, the CCP refused to admit it was happening. They let in a team from WHO and let them inspect the area for four days in the company of CCP security, because it is a CCP site, a year after the initial event.
    And on top of this, we all know the CCP never lie. Never.

    1. The only thing remarkable is that they are finally coming around to admitting the truth.

      But I don’t think they’ll be allowed to – not if our intelligence community was involved (and there really is no feasible way they weren’t). I mean, look at when we tried to disburse covid tests – the UK and US were the only countries that were not only super late deploying them, but guilty of those very tests being infected with Covid themselves. Fucking palpable.

      And then for the cdc to not open their doors to an fda inspector for what was it? 20 hours he waited to get in while they scrambled? And then he quietly announces that all the tests are infected with Covid once he gets in? What kind of cia ran bullshit is that?

  7. Dr Oz, that the introduction occurred through a laboratory accident, for $400.

  8. > China clearly owes the rest of the world total data transparency rather than meticulously stage-managed show investigations.

    Good luck with that.

  9. Boy, youtube’s gonna have a hard time deciding who to demonetize and suspend.

  10. Just remember this is the same organization that doesne acknowledge the existence of Taiwan

  11. “I do not believe that this assessment was extensive enough. Further data and studies will be needed to reach more robust conclusions. Let me say clearly that as far as WHO is concerned all hypotheses remain on the table.” — WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

    Let’s Translate from the Diplomatese Bullshit: I know those Chinese Commie bastards grew this shit in a lab, and probably fucked up. And fucked up the rest of us, too.

  12. Oh now you want answers. Good thing we teamed up with these assholes early on.

    1. To quote a great film, what are we supposed to use harsh language?

  13. China has a bio lab. First infection cases were lab workers per Yahoo a few months back. China enforced draconian lock downs. British & Norwegian believed COVID-19 to show signs of human engineering.

    Bats. It must be wet market bats.

    No one wants to expose China because China can expose American, European and Russian programs doing the same thing. We only know about this shit because their experiment was released by misadventure.

    1. Australia is dick deep in virus engineering since the 70’s.

  14. I totally agree! The WHO was forbidden to look at all avenues for the start of this spread. It was reported by SCMP that it originated South of Wuhan and then moved up to there and the virus was spread further until PRC lost control. This, people is called “Losing Face” in their culture and it is not honorable. So what do they do, just what they did in December ’19 and January 20, cover it up, and in my eyes that is also losing face, but the Party deems it “Saving Face” by not letting the WHO full access to all areas, and all patient records.

    1. Maybe if the WHO hadn’t been so focused on non-communicable diseases, according to them caused by lifestyle choices they don’t approve of, they might know a little more about communicable diseases

  15. Me Chinese me play joke me put Covid in your coke (sorry! Couldn’t resist)

  16. This is the same agency that pushed Robert Magabe as a goodwill ambassador. This is the same incompetent fuck that tweeted Covid is not spread person to person. What’s worse than US federal bureaucracy: unelected woke Global bureaucracy.

  17. Operating a conspiracy requires people that are dedicated, intelligent, creative, and most of all thorough.

    Quick, rank the following in order of ability to carry out a conspiracy:
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    B) The Chinese Government
    C) An average five year old
    D) A housecat
    E) Danny Ocean
    F) Your wife/girlfriend

    1. So heads it was the US gov, tails it was China and the US gov.

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