White House: China And WHO Need To ‘Step Up’ On Investigation Into Origin Of Pandemic

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, seen here during a press briefing on Feb. 4, told CBS the World Health Organization has more work to do to get to the bottom of where the coronavirus emerged.

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White House national security consultant Jake Sullivan, seen here throughout a press rundown on Feb. 4, told CBS the World Health Organization has more work to do to get to the bottom of where the coronavirus emerged.

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He stated Biden did “raise the problem of COVID-19 and the requirement for all nations to shoulder responsibility” during his recent call with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

President Bidens national security adviser stated Sunday that the administration has concerns over the data China has supplied to the World Health Organization relating to the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

” We do not believe that China has actually offered enough original information into how this pandemic began to spread out, both in China and then ultimately worldwide,” he stated. “And our company believe that both the WHO and China should step up on this matter.”

Sullivan stated the Biden administration has questions about an approaching report from the WHO about the pandemics origins.

” We need a reliable, open, transparent worldwide investigation led by the World Health Organization,” Jake Sullivan said in an interview with CBS Face the Nation.

Previously this month a WHO group provided its initial findings after finishing up a check out to Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first identified in late 2019. The scientists said the outbreak practically definitely did not start in a Chinese lab, however that its path from animals to humans needs more investigation.

And one of those team members, Dutch virologist Marion Koopmans, told NPRs Steve Inskeep that stated she and her team think the pandemic did not stem at the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan.

” The market is not the entire story,” she said. “The market has been among those spreading out events however there likewise was circulation beyond, aside from the marketplace.”

Captives in Iran

Sullivan also told CBS that the Biden administration has actually begun communication with Iran about the at least five Americans currently being held captive in the nation.

Sullivan said Biden is “prepared to go to the table” to talk with Iranians about getting restraints back on their nuclear program, and noted that Iran has not yet responded.

” Our strong message to the Iranians will be that we will decline a long-term proposition where they continue to hold Americans in a unjustified and unlawful way,” he stated. “It will be a considerable concern of this administration to get those Americans safely back home.”

” That offer still stands since we think diplomacy is the best way to do it,” he stated. It is Iran that is separated now diplomatically, not the United States.

” That offer still stands because we believe diplomacy is the finest way to do it,” he said. “Iran has not yet responded. Whats occurred as an outcome is that the script has actually been turned. It is Iran that is separated now diplomatically, not the United States. And the ball is in their court.”

On Thursday, the Biden administration revealed it would reboot diplomacy talks with Tehran fixated the Iran nuclear deal that the Trump administration withdrew from in 2018.