February 17, 2021

Around the nation: White House says it has 'deep concerns' about WHO's recent report on coronavirus origins

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    The White House on Saturday said it has "deep concerns" about a report recently released by the World Health Organization following the group's investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus pandemic, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, the District of Columbia, and Louisiana.

    • California: The eight gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park who had Covid-19 have recovered from the disease, according to zoo officials. The gorillas contracted the novel coronavirus in January, after likely being exposed to the pathogen by a zookeeper who had tested positive for the virus. The zoo had moved the gorillas out of view to visitors while they received medical care for the disease. According to Lisa Peterson, executive director of the zoo, the gorillas had experienced coughing, congestion, lethargy, and nasal discharge related to the disease (Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/13).
    • District of Columbia: The White House on Saturday said it has "deep concerns" about a report recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO) following the group's investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Jake Sullivan, the White House's national security adviser, said, "We have deep concerns about the way in which the early findings of [WHO's] Covid-19 investigation were communicated and questions about the process used to reach them." He added that it's important WHO's report be free from "intervention or alteration by the Chinese government." A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in a statement said the United States should not be "pointing fingers" at China and countries that have supported WHO during the pandemic, and WHO did not responde to Reuters' request for comment, Reuters reports(Shalal/Martina, Reuters, 2/13).
    • Louisiana: Riverland Medical Center has named Nekeisha Smith as CEO, succeeding Sam Ellard, who resigned to pursue a job closer to his home in Mississippi. Smith most recently served as COO of the hospital (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/11).

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