It strikes me as incredible that when in China to negotiate the Terms of References (ToRS) in July 2020, the WHO accepted totally restrictive ToRs despite deploring that China had hardly done any epidemiological investigation at all since Jan 20.…
Peter Embarek even complained about it in an internal WHO memo that leaked.

Still China got a free pass and ToRs that forced the joint team to rely exclusively on Chinese studies (not even started - China having done near to nothing).
I cannot understand how one could accept that.

Is that because the ToR negotiation team leader, Peter Embarek, had spent 2 years in Beijing advising the Chinese government, and this could not imagine anything going wrong?
It also strikes me that for someone with a hammer everything looks like a nail.

So with zero experience of lab leaks investigation but a 'passion, interest and expertise in managing food safety' SARS-CoV-2 may well look like a food chain issue.
Some info I had missed:

“The joint team of Chinese and international scientists **began virtual meetings in the autumn of 2020.**”…
Interesting.. Could we know more about that work?

Why was it never mentioned?
What was in these meetings? What was discussed?

Did they discuss getting proper access to data for instance?

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30 Mar
This is the crux of the matter.

Add to that the team leader, Peter Embarek, is a foodborne diseases expert. Maybe that explains why China chose him instead of the 3 US candidates.

No surprise then that the report goes for food-induced zoonoses, despite any evidence for it.
When you have a hammer as only tool (and there was not one lab-forensic expert in the team) - then everything is a nail.

We needed people like Tony Della Porta.…

But wait, China did not want him to do the investigation of the SARS Beijing leaks in 2004.
The problem is that Tony did a great job investigating the Singapore SARS leak and then the Taiwan SARS one in 2003.

Way too good a job for Beijing. So he was not picked up.

And predictably the WHO 'investigation' of the Beijing leak was a whitewash.
👉🏻No report ever published! Image
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30 Mar
I thought it would be useful to include the missing labels in this Chinese paper.

Always happy to help. Image
The paper is there:…

The incomplete graph is part of the supplements:…
Another one for the cabinet of clear data manipulations.… Image
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29 Mar
@MFA_China Why don't you start by scientifically explaining the obvious manipulations of the 2019 cases by China?

Here is a good start from your very own CDC (27th Jan 20): Image
@MFA_China I have a full catalogue of your 'disappearing' confirmed cases.…

I am not sure what you definition of science but mine does not allow for crude lies and manipulations. Image
@MFA_China With a good example of the CDC gag order of the 25th Feb 2020 at play:

Read 11 tweets
29 Mar
60 minutes has just exposed on prime TV the total lack of evidence for the natural pathway and the flimsiness of the wishy-washy joint-study.…
The most amazing is that more than one year has now elapsed, and all there is to show is nothing: no positive animal at the market, no animal reservoir found, no traces of previous infection in South China - nothing.

It's the immaculate infection.

But for those with the faith it's good enough to rule out the lab-leak theory - because our Chinese friends are very clear about it.

You would believe them, wouldn't you? They tend to tell the[ir] truth.

Read 6 tweets
21 Mar
Am I the only one having problems making sense of the confirmed cases graphs in the WHO report of the 24th Feb 2020?

Page 7 is very troubling.

First there is an error of 2 days in the reporting dates of the 3 graphs (7/14/22 of Feb instead of 5/12/20).…
Then the first case (8th Dec) in the 1st graph (reporting as of the 5/7? Feb) is missing in the 2nd Graph [12/14? Feb].

And all the Dec 19 cases are missing in the 3rd graph [20/22? Feb], and there is some shaving of the number of early Jan cases!

Now as these are all laboratory confirmed cases it's really odd. Once it has been reported a case should still be reported in the next graph (next reporting date).

Unless they play around with the onset dates and move the cases around, or simply 'disappear' them.
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21 Mar
@FabienColombo @jfjulien @TheSeeker268 @Rossana38510044 @SebViret @jhalloy @franciscodeasis @DecrolyE @sfoucart @JamieMetzl @Ayjchan @MonaRahalkar @Biol4Ever @PeterDaszak @TheSeeker @BillyBostickson @babarlelephant "Higher-level protection measures will be taken when we know that bats in a certain location carry viruses that may be transmitted to humans, and in most cases only ordinary protection will be taken"

Hence the two pictures.
@FabienColombo @jfjulien @TheSeeker268 @Rossana38510044 @SebViret @jhalloy @franciscodeasis @DecrolyE @sfoucart @JamieMetzl @Ayjchan @MonaRahalkar @Biol4Ever @PeterDaszak @TheSeeker @BillyBostickson @babarlelephant How do they know that the viruses cannot be transmitted to humans in some places without regular sampling and despite possible population changes due to human encroachment?

Not sure. I guess they are the experts.
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