UK and US criticise WHO’s Covid report and accuse China of withholding data

Statement signed by 12 other countries says investigation into origins of virus was not extensive enough

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The US and the UK have sharply criticised a World Health Organization report into the beginnings of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, implicitly accusing China of “withholding access to complete, original data and samples”.

The statement – also signed by 12 other countries including Australia and Canada – came hard on the heels of the admission on Tuesday by head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – that the investigation was “not extensive enough” and that experts had struggled to access raw information during their four-week visit to Wuhan in January.

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