White House national security advisor @jakejsullivan said in an interview on @CBSNews that the U.S. has concerns over the data #China has provided to the @WHO regarding the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. cbsnews.com/news/transcrip…
"I also believe that we need a credible, open, transparent international investigation led by the World Health Organization. And they're about to come out with a report about the origins of the pandemic in Wuhan, China, that we have questions about,...
... because we do not believe that China has made available sufficient original data into how this pandemic began to spread both in China and then eventually around the world."
"And we believe that both the WHO and China should step up on this matter."
"President Biden did raise the issue of COVID-19 and the need for all countries to shoulder responsibility- to take their own responsibility for helping protect the world, including #China."
"This is why the @WHO investigation has to be left to the scientists and the experts to lay out without any interference by any government, because that's the only way we're going to know what the origins of this are."
"I'm saying that I am not in a position, nor is the Biden administration in a position to make a determination about precisely where COVID-19 originated. And that's in part because there has not been sufficient transparency coming from the government of China.
And the WHO still has more work to do to get to the bottom of exactly where this virus emerged."

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