“CLUELESS” World Health Organisation staff spent just two hours in China’s Wuhan lab before ruling out any leak.
Inspectors visited Wuhan Institute of Virology last January to probe Covid’s origin.
The WHO cleared the Wuhan Institute of Virology of a Covid leak last JanuaryCredit: EPA
But a source at the health body told The Sunday Times the team who made the trip “didn’t have expertise” on viruses.
They allegedly simply quizzed employees and did not test any equipment.
Danish scientist Peter Ben Embarek then announced the leak did not come from the lab.
But the source said: “These guys should not have gone into the labs at all. They didn’t have expertise.”
Professor Thea Fischer, a part of the delegation, said it was not obvious anything “untoward” had been going on.
But she admitted: “This was based on questioning and not us coming with swabs or testing.”
A WHO source added the visit had achieved “close to nothing”.
The organisation is also accused of missing its only chance to stop the pandemic after delaying a global emergency warning to protect China’s economy.
Taiwan sent the WHO an email on their concerns about “atypical pneumonia cases” in Wuhan in December 2019, The Times reports.
Prof Richard Ebright, of Rutgers University, US, said the WHO’s reluctance was “entirely premised on maintaining satisfactory ties to the Chinese government”.
Meanwhile, 61 more people were yesterday reported to have died from Covid, bringing the UK total to 130,953. Another 26,750 infections were recorded.
A total of 47,302,445 Brits have had their first jab and 40,577,198 their second.
An insider says inspectors ‘didn’t have expertise’ on virusesCredit: AFP