AHF: World Health Assembly must demand transparency from China on COVID-19
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE) – On the eve of the World Health Assembly, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest global provider of HIV / AIDS care, calls on countries to put transparency at the forefront as ministers of COVID-19 and the future of global health security.
Following the AHF’s previous repeated calls for transparency, accountability and cooperation on the pandemic response, the latest call was prompted by an article published today in the Wall Street Journal, which indicates that three scientists from Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) became ill and were hospitalized in November 2019, according to a US intelligence report.
This suggests that while scientists contracted COVID-19 months before the first cases were officially recognized by Chinese authorities, the hypothesis that the virus could have escaped the WIV is not as far-fetched as the World Health Organization (WHO) investigative team claimed this for the first time. it must be.
“The political obscuration is hindering the world knowing how COVID-19 started and has become an existential threat to humanity that has claimed the lives of nearly 3.5 million lives. If the intelligence report is correct, then the Chinese authorities know exactly what was the cause of the disease among the three scientists at the Wuhan laboratory, but they are covering it up, ”said AHF President Michael Weinstein. “Countries must lobby the World Health Assembly to demand transparency on the origins of COVID-19, particularly in this case, and for pandemics in general.”
The Wall Street Journal story follows an open letter published in Science Magazine on May 14 titled “Investigating the Origins of COVID-19,” co-authored by 18 leading scientists from leading research universities, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech, and UC Berkley, among others. The article argued that the investigation of zoonotic and laboratory accident hypotheses on the origins of COVID-19 should continue. The authors claim that the WHO investigative team sent to Wuhan earlier this year did not give sufficient time to hypothesize a laboratory accident, even though the evidence for a hypothesis by compared to the other remain insufficient.
The AHF initially criticized the WHO for failing to maintain its impartiality on the Wuhan investigation in February 2021 with an article titled “WHO COVID Investigation: A Smoke Screen for China”. Subsequent articles raised questions about conflicts of interest between some members of the investigative team who had been affiliated with the WIV.
With the AMS starting on Monday, if health ministers from more than 190 member states believe science and public health should prevail, then they should mandate another fully independent scientific inquiry into the origins of COVID-19. They should also call on China to be fully transparent by providing access to all medical records and full information regarding the onset of probable first cases, whether or not they were properly diagnosed at that time.
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