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U.S., Japan, other nations voice concerns about WHO report on origin of COVID-19

  • March 31, 2021
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NHK reported that the governments of Japan, the U.S., the UK and eleven other nations issued a joint statement on Tuesday expressing concerns about the WHO report on how the coronavirus first spread to humans. The nations particularly took issue with the significant delay in an inquiry by international experts and their lack of access to complete data and virus samples. According to the network, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato commented on the WHO report by saying: “A swift and independent evaluation of the origin of the virus by experts is indispensable to prevent a future pandemic. We are concerned about the lack of access to data and virus samples, in addition to the delay in the inquiry.” He added that Japan will join hands with other WHO members to call for an additional WHO investigation.

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