© Reuters. Liang Wannian attends a information convention in Wuhan
BEIJING (Reuters) -A senior Chinese well being official mentioned on Wednesday there was no factual foundation to accusations that China didn’t share information with researchers appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to look into the origins of COVID-19.
Following the official publication of the joint examine into the origins of COVID-19 by China and the WHO on Tuesday, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned China had withheld information from worldwide investigators throughout their go to to Wuhan, the place the coronavirus was first recognized.
But Liang Wannian, who was co-leader of the joint examine, advised reporters that Chinese and worldwide researchers had entry to the identical information all through the investigation and that the claims about lack of entry weren’t correct.
“Of course, according to Chinese law, some data cannot be taken away or photographed, but when we were analysing it together in Wuhan, everyone could see the database, the materials – it was all done together,” he mentioned.
Liang additionally rejected complaints that the publication of the report had been recurrently delayed, noting that “every sentence, every conclusion, every piece of data” wanted to be verified by each side earlier than it might be launched.
“Throughout we always upheld the principle of ‘quality comes first,'” mentioned Liang, who’s the pinnacle of a committee of consultants on COVID-19 arrange by China’s National Health Commission.
Liang additionally mentioned the Chinese a part of the joint analysis had now been accomplished, and the world now wanted to look additional into potential early circumstances of COVID-19 exterior China within the subsequent section of its analysis into the origins of the pandemic.
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