A member of the controversial World Health Organization (WHO) team that recently traveled to China to investigate the origin of the CCP Virus claims that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) did not provide requested raw information on the first detected cases of the CCP Virus, which would have been indispensable to make a proper analysis in understanding how, when, and why the outbreak started.

Dominic Dwyer, an Australian member of the team, said that the team had requested raw patient data on 174 cases that the CCP had identified in the initial phase of the outbreak in the city of Wuhan in December 2019, as well as other cases that came to their attention. 

However, the team members were only provided with a summary, with insufficient and biased data, Dwyer told Reuters on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The raw data that was requested, usually known as “line lists,” contains details such as: what questions were asked of individual patients, their responses, and how their answers were analyzed.

“That’s standard practice for an outbreak investigation,” Dwyer told Reuters on Saturday via a video call from Sydney, where he is currently respecting the requested quarantine.

Dwyer said getting access to the raw data was especially important as only half of the 174 cases were exposed to the Huanan market, the now-closed wholesale seafood center in Wuhan where the virus was allegedly first detected.

“That’s why we’ve persisted to ask for that,” Dwyer said. “Why that doesn’t happen, I couldn’t comment. Whether it’s political or time or it’s difficult … But whether there are any other reasons why the data isn’t available, I don’t know. One would only speculate.”

The investigation was at the center of criticism from the start, firstly because it was conducted only a year after the outbreak began, plagued by delays, concerns about access to information, and mediated by disputes between the CCP and Washington.

The team, which arrived in China in January and spent four weeks investigating the origins of the outbreak, was limited to visits arranged by their CCP hosts and they were prevented from contacting members of the community due to health restrictions.

What brought the investigation into question was that one of the members of the research team, Dr. Peter Daszak, has proven ties to the CCP: he has worked for years for the Wuhan Institute of Virology and has received millions of dollars from the CCP as a research grant.

Daszak was part of the delegation that entered China to investigate the origin of the virus and analyze the possibility that it was created at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and he has worked for the institute for more than 20 years, proving a shameful conflict of interest.