U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this week he would repeat his call for China to release raw data on the early spread of the Wuhan coronavirus during the G-7 virtual summit.
The United States has also called on China to release source data that was withheld from World Health Organization (W.H.O.) investigators when they visited Wuhan.
Members of the long-delayed, much-obstructed W.H.O. mission to Wuhan said last week they were not allowed to review some key sets of raw data about early coronavirus cases. They were, in essence, told to accept analysis and conclusions from Chinese scientists without gaining access to the records and samples they used.
The Chinese government dismissed these complaints as trivial and accused Western media of trying to manufacture a scandal where none existed. Some members of the W.H.O. team defended the Chinese, while others insisted the withholding of raw data was troubling and highly