So apparently, noone is opposed to depositing the sequences in Genbank immediately, but noone is taking the decision to do so. In the Nature editorial, Dreams of flu data we argued:
Genetic data are also lacking. When samples are sequenced, the results are usually either restricted by governments or kept private to an old-boy network of researchers linked to the WHO, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the FAO. This is a far cry from the Human Genome Project, in which all the data were placed in the public domain 24 hours after sequencing. Many scientists and organizations are also hoarding sequence data, often for years, so they can be the first to publish in academic journals. With the world facing a possible pandemic, such practices are wholly unacceptable. Nature and its associated journals are not alone in supporting the rapid prior exposure of data when there are acute public-health necessities.
Lonnie Thompson is much closer to 24 years than 24 hours for not archiving his (still unarchived other than a miniscule summary) Dunde data. The bird flu data hoarders are neophytes in comparison. Let’s see if their data is still unarchived in 2025 – otherwise climate scientists will be unimpressed with such amateur data hoarding.