WHO: All hypotheses on the origin of COVID-19 still on the table


World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reported that all hypotheses regarding the origin of COVID-19 are still on the table.

Ghebreyesus spoke at a press conference held at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, using video conferencing.

Ghebreyesus, who made an assessment on field studies in Wuhan to investigate the origins of COVID-19, said, “This has been a very important scientific study in very difficult conditions.” said.

Ghebreyesus stated that a report summarizing the WHO delegation’s work on the origin of COVID-19 in China will be published next week.

Pointing out that some hypotheses regarding the origin of the virus have been refuted, Ghebreyesus said, “After speaking with some members of the delegation, I would like to confirm that all hypotheses remain open and further analysis and study are needed.” used the expression.

Ghebreyesus recalled that the scientific team said that they would not find answers to all questions in their research in China, and that important information was obtained that brought closer to understanding the origin of the virus.

“The mission was able to better understand the early days of the outbreak and identified areas for further analysis and research.” Ghebreyesus said, thanked the delegation for their work.

Peter Ben Embarek, WHO Food Safety and Animal Disease Specialist, said of the field studies they conducted in Wuhan, China to investigate the origins of COVID-19, “I think we are successful. In many ways, we have a lot of new information about the beginning of the case.” he spoke.

“We understand much better what happened in December 2019,” said Embarek, a Danish expert who made an assessment of field studies in Wuhan. used the expression.

The WHO scientific delegation consisted of experts and researchers from the USA, Australia, Germany, Japan, England, Russia, the Netherlands, Qatar and Vietnam.

He said there was no possibility of leakage from the lab

Embarek made a statement that attracted the reaction of the USA on February 9, after the delegation’s work in China ended.

Embarek stated that COVID-19 is likely to be passed on to humans via intermediary species, but more specific studies are needed.

Stating that the virus is not likely to leak from a laboratory in China, Embarek reminded that transmission through frozen food and product trade is among the possibilities.

White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki announced that they would closely examine the report of the WHO expert, who declared that the new type of coronavirus “is not likely to leak from a laboratory in Wuhan”, but they wanted to collect their own independent data and reach a conclusion.

COVID-19 was first seen on the food market in Wuhan

The world was first informed of the COVID-19 outbreak when it reported to WHO that “mysterious respiratory illness of unknown origin” emerged in Wuhan city of Hubey province on December 31, 2019.

The disease was first seen in people who visited the seafood market in Wuhan, and the first patient was admitted to the hospital on 17 November with the complaint of “respiratory illness” whose cause was unknown.

It was understood that the disease that caused lung inflammation was caused by a previously unknown type of coronavirus, which is predicted to be a mutated beta coronavirus found in bats.


Source: Dünya Gazetesi by www.dunya.com.

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