In a report from a Chinese state media group, an anonymous Chinese scientist called comments made by the director general of the WHO "extremely irresponsible," after he suggested further investigation into the hypothesis that COVID-19 was leaked from a Wuhan lab.
Police chief: "Solberg is the country's leader and she has been at the forefront of the restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the virus. It is therefore correct to issue a fine in order to uphold the general public's trust in the rules on social restrictions."
The nation says that since 2020 it has not recorded a single case of the virus because of its efforts to quickly shut borders, prohibit tourism and quarantine tens of thousands of people.
Ascertaining the origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is vital in order to address the current pandemic and reduce the risk of future ones.
The report, obtained by AP, comes days after Robert Redfield said he believed the global outbreak was the result of a laboratory leak.
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"Could a Chinese lab worker have gotten infected or inadvertent leakage have touched off the outbreak in Wuhan?" the Washington Post editorial board asked.
Fauci said the pandemic hit at a time of "great divisiveness" in the U.S., but noted a new direction under President Biden.
New data from Chinese scientists shows that there were 174 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city of Wuhan during December 2019.
"It's a huge concern to see the resurgence of Ebola in Guinea, a country which has already suffered so much from the disease," said WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti.
"The U.S., acting as if none of this had ever happened, is pointing fingers at other countries who have been faithfully supporting the WHO and at the WHO itself," the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. said.
The program comes as early data shows the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is less effective against the South African variant of COVID-19.
The WHO team's press briefing, with its dismissal of the lab-leak hypothesis, failed to persuade U.S. officials and did nothing to bridge the divide between China and the West.
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The WHO announced it's ending its investigation into the Wuhan lab's ties to the coronavirus pandemic.
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"Don't pretend that we don't exist, that we aren't seeking accountability," Zhang Hai, whose father died of COVID-19 in February told the Associated Press.
Poll found that 51 percent of Americans were happy to have the vaccine, the highest number so far. In Europe, France was found to be the most opposed it, with only 46 percent of French people being willing to get inoculated.
"China always maintains that all countries should actively support WHO's work and jointly safeguard international public health security," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
"While China spread misinformation so it could hoard medical supplies, the WHO parroted China's lies denying human to human transmission of the virus and Tedros praising them for their transparency," claimed Representative James Comer who is on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world faces a "catastrophic moral failure" over the distribution of COVID vaccines.
"Some of the things we're going to be doing are going to be bold and vital," President Joe Biden said after signing several executive orders on his first day in office.
Scientists say the variant is significantly more transmissible, although it does not appear to cause more severe disease.