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UPDATE 1-UK says it shares U.S. concerns over WHO COVID-19 mission to China

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LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - British foreign minister DominicRaab said on Sunday he shared concerns about the level of accessgiven to a World Health Organization COVID-19 fact-findingmission to China, echoing criticism from the United States.

The White House on Saturday called on China to makeavailable data from the earliest days of the novel coronavirusoutbreak, saying it had "deep concerns" about the way thefindings of the WHO's COVID-19 report were communicated.

Asked about the U.S. reaction, Raab told the BBC: "We doshare concerns that they get full cooperation and they get theanswers they need, and so we'll be pushing for it to have fullaccess, get all the data it needs to be able to answer thequestions that I think most people want to hear answered aroundthe outbreak."

In a separate BBC interview, a member of the WHO'sdelegation to China said that, while Chinese authorities had notgiven them all raw data, they had seen a lot of information anddiscussed analysis of the first cases.

"It would be unusual for them to hand over the raw data, butwe looked at a great deal of information in detail in discussionwith the Chinese counterparts," said John Watson, anepidemiologist who travelled to China as part of the WHO team.

On Saturday, Dominic Dwyer, an Australian infectiousdiseases expert, who is also a member of the team, said Chinahad refused access to all the data requested.(Reporting by William James;Editing by Gareth Jones and Barbara Lewis)

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