Beijing has long insisted it was cooperating with efforts to trace the source of the COVID-19 pandemic. A damning new report suggests otherwise.
In the months following the emergence of COVID-19 in China, authorities did “little” to try to find the source of the infection, a leaked World Health Organisation (WHO) document claims.
The first cases of coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019, with the virus soon moving to other countries across the world.
There have now been more than 111 million confirmed infections and more than 2.4 million deaths worldwide as a result of the virus.
China has continually claimed that the virus was circulating in other parts of the country before emerging in Wuhan, with officials even pointing the finger at countries such as Australia, India and the United States by claiming the virus was brought in through imported seafood and beef.
Now, an internal WHO travel report summary seen by The Guardian, has suggested Chinese authorities may have been dragging their feet when it came to investigating the origins of the outbreak.
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The report, which was dated August 10, 2020, also claimed Chinese officials gave WHO scientists little information during their own investigation of the virus…