× Digital News Videos Health & Science Opinion Education Columnists Cartoons Lifestyle Moi Cabinets Arts & Culture Ramadhan Special Podcasts E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
×

US to scrutinize WHO report that rules out COVID-19 came from Chinese lab

WORLD
By Reuters | February 10th 2021

The Biden administration is looking forward to scrutinizing data included in a World Health Organization report released on Tuesday that said the COVID-19 virus did not originate in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

The head of a WHO-led team probing the origins of COVID-19 said bats remain a likely source and that transmission of the virus via frozen food is a possibility that warrants further investigation. He ruled out a lab leak.

Psaki told reporters at a press briefing on Tuesday that the administration was not involved in the “planning and implementation” of the investigation and wants to take an independent review of its findings and underlying data.

She added that even though the administration rejoined the WHO, it is “imperative that we have our own team of experts on the ground” in China.

Peter Ben Embarek, who led the team of independent experts in its nearly month-long visit to Wuhan, where the outbreak first emerged at a seafood market in late 2019, said the team’s work had uncovered new information but had not dramatically changed their picture of the outbreak.

The possibility the virus leaked from a lab - which has been the subject of conspiracy theories - was extremely unlikely and did not require further study, Embarek said.

Asked about the WHO findings during a daily news briefing, State Department spokesman Ned Price said he could not conclusively say that WHO experts had received full cooperation from China.

Take a quick survey and help us improve our website!

Take a survey

“Well, I think the jury’s still out. I think clearly the Chinese, at least heretofore, have not offered the requisite transparency that we need,” Price said, adding that the United States would make its determinations based on the WHO data and its own intelligence.

Covid 19 Time Series

 

Share this story
Senators vote to proceed with Trump's impeachment trial, but conviction may prove elusive
Convicting Trump would require a two-thirds majority in the 50-50 Senate.
KQ pilots fight new pay cuts
?Kenya Airways (KQ) pilots have opposed the latest wave of pay cuts by the national carrier.
.
RECOMMENDED NEWS

Feedback