This Thursday, January 14, 2021, WHO experts will travel to China to investigate the origin of the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus. An investigation that may be complicated …
That’s it, let’s go: after a few administrative hiccups, the experts sent by the World Health Organization (WHO) will arrive in China this Thursday, January 14, 2021. Composed of 10 scientists from 10 countries (Denmark, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Vietnam, Germany, the United States, Qatar and Japan), this delegation will have the difficult task of precisely identifying the origin of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
“We can better fight the virus when we know everything about the virus, including how it started. We will send a team (…) in China (…) and we hope this will allow us to understand how the virus started and what we can do in the future to prepare“explained in June 2020 Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO.
Objective number 1: visit the Huanan market (in Wuhan) where the coronavirus epidemic is said to have started at the end of 2019. “The team will go to Wuhan, this is the objective of the mission“assures Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director in charge of the WHO health emergency management program. In parallel, international experts will work from samples to (finally) identify the missing” piece of the puzzle “between the bald -mouse, receptacle of the Sars-Cov-2 virus, and humans – the pangolin having been cleared by several studies.
“They will arrive after the battle”
But there is a problem : the WHO delegation will have to deal with the Chinese political position. Indeed: in China, it is claimed (without proof) that the Sars-Cov-2 virus was introduced from abroad …
The sticks in the wheels of the researchers are multiplying: thus, they will have to stay 2 weeks in quarantine before starting their investigation – which will therefore only last 3 weeks. In addition, their research should be conducted “together with Chinese scientists“as the Chinese Ministry of Health indicated in a statement. Finally, the Huanan market has (obviously) been carefully cleaned and disinfected since the start of the epidemic …
“I am not optimistic. They will arrive after the battle“worries infectious disease specialist Gregory Gray, interviewed by our colleagues fromExpress.
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