WHO Accuses China of Hiding Data That May Link Covid’s Origins to Animals

"Genetic research from China suggests to some experts that the coronavirus may have sprung from a seafood market in Wuhan. Now the data are missing from a scientific database."

"The World Health Organization rebuked Chinese officials on Friday for withholding research that may link Covid’s origin to wild animals, asking why the data had not been made available three years ago and why it is now missing.

Before the Chinese data disappeared, an international team of virus experts downloaded and began analyzing the research, which appeared online in January. They say it supports the idea that the pandemic could have begun when illegally traded raccoon dogs infected humans at a Wuhan seafood market.

But the gene sequences were removed from a scientific database once the experts offered to collaborate on the analysis with their Chinese counterparts."

Benjamin Mueller reports for the New York Times March 17, 2023.


"Lab Leak or Not? How Politics Shaped the Battle Over Covid’s Origin" (New York Times)

"The Strongest Evidence Yet That an Animal Started the Pandemic" (Atlantic)

"The Origins of the Covid Pandemic: What We Know and Don’t Know" (New York Times)

"New COVID Origins Data Point To Raccoon Dogs In China Market" (AP)

Source: NYTimes, 03/20/2023