Follow-up probe of virus origins expected - WHO's Tedros

April 1, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks during the opening of the 148th session of the Executive Board on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Geneva, Switzerland, January 18, 2021.


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GENEVA (Reuters) - Experts examining the origins of the coronavirus first identified in China will follow up on an initial report released this week but details are still not set, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference on Thursday.

"There will be follow-up assessments, that's what we expect," he told an online briefing, adding "engagements" would start as soon as possible.

Data was withheld from investigators who travelled to China to research the origins of the epidemic, Tedros had said on Tuesday when the report was released.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Silke Koltrowitz, Editing by Michael Shields)



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