Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra said on Tuesday that there should be a "clear" follow-up to the origins of the coronavirus epidemic, suppressing Biden management's policy of further investigations.
Becerra told the World Health Organization's annual general meeting in a statement that officials must do more to understand the current epidemic and prepare for "future natural threats."
The new phase of research into the onset of the epidemic "should be presented in clear, scientific-based terms, and give international experts the freedom to fully diagnose the virus and the early days of outbreaks," he said. it said.
His comments come after a U.S. intelligence report said three laboratory workers in Wuhan, China, fell ill in November 2019, before reports of first cases of coronavirus, added to some hypothesis evidence that the virus could have fled the city board.
That evidence is by no means complete. Scientists and public health experts say that since last year the virus may have developed after being infected by an animal, which is a normal part of the environment. Some, however, wondered if the virus had somehow come from the Wuhan board.
President Joe Biden in a statement on Wednesday called on the U.S. intelligence service. To repeat their efforts to investigate how the disease originated so that they may come closer to a "definitive conclusion."
When asked about their thoughts on the origin of the virus at a conference held at the White House on Tuesday, senior health officials did not rule out an unnatural cause.
"Most of us feel that this is very likely to happen naturally, as happened with SARS-CoV-1, when it travels from animal pox to human," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases. "But we don't know if one hundred percent is the answer to this."
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He added that because it was an ongoing question, it was "necessary" for the World Health Organization to launch another investigation.
Andy Slavitt, White House senior adviser to the Covid-19 response, acknowledged that it was "very important" that the U.S. He found the truth.
“It is our situation that we need to get to the end of this, and we need a completely transparent process from China; We need WHO to help with this, ”he said. "We don't feel like we have that now."
An initial study conducted by the WHO and China found that coronavirus may have evolved from a mosquito and spread to a contact animal before it could spread to humans. It also said that it was "absolutely impossible" for the virus to leave the workplace in China.
The report, however, has long raised questions about China's openness and willingness to cooperate and the lack of independence of investigators.
The investigation was limited because it relied on compliance with Chinese government directives, and many of the Chinese scientists involved were involved in government-controlled institutions, critics said.