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The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked China to share data on the first known cases of novel coronavirus infection so that it can advance research into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“More specifically, to answer the laboratory hypothesis, it is important to have access to all the data, to examine the best scientific practices and to examine the mechanisms that the WHO has already put in place,” said The WHO said in a statement Thursday, adding that the next round of studies will include a more in-depth look at raw data from the first cases.
“Sharing raw data and authorizing sample reanalysis is no different from what we encourage all countries, including China, to support so that we can move our original studies forward quickly and efficiently. “, continues the note.
Also on Thursday, the director of the WHO team who visited China earlier this year to investigate the origins of the pandemic called for further examination at the laboratory near the site where the first cases of the disease have been identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Peter Ben Embraek of Denmark told Danish TV investigators should seek more information about the lab, a facility coordinated by the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“It’s interesting that the lab was relocated on December 2, 2019: that’s when it all started,” Ben Embraek said in the interview. “We know that when a laboratory is moved, there are disruptions … the whole procedure is always a disruptive element in the daily work of a laboratory,” added the food safety specialist.