“World Health” forms a new team to discover the origin of “Corona”
The World Health Organization has commissioned a new team of scientists to investigate the origin of the Corona virus.
The Wall Street Journal said that the team is made up of 26 experts from 10 members of the organization, including the United States, China, India and Nigeria, specializing in virology, epidemiology, animal health, and laboratory biosafety.
Global health experts said they may face some of the same difficulties that hampered the efforts of the first team, which was sent to the Chinese city of Wuhan, which saw the first cases of the virus in December 2019, including blocking access to data on early cases and other potential evidence.
WHO officials said time is running out to examine blood samples and other important evidence in China about when, how and where the epidemic began. “This is our best and may be our last chance to understand the origins of this virus, in a collective and collaborative way. We are at a very important moment,” Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, told reporters.
And this committee should give an independent evaluation of all available scientific and technical findings from global studies on the origins of COVID-19. It should also advise the World Health Organization on developing, monitoring and supporting further studies on the origin of the virus.
And the World Health Organization sent a team last January to investigate the emergence of the Corona epidemic, but it failed to reach confirmed results regarding the emergence of the virus, and it was suggested that it was transmitted from bats to humans through an intermediary animal.
But the team’s report has drawn criticism for its lack of transparency and access to information, and for not evaluating the theory that it might have leaked from a Wuhan lab more deeply.
And last August, China rejected the World Health Organization’s calls for a new investigation on the ground into the origin of Corona.