WHO to investigate in China to determine the origin of Covid-19

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January 7, 2021

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As of this writing, Covid-19 is still wreaking havoc in the world. Experts from the World Health Organization are currently expected in China to investigate the origin of this disease, which appeared just over a year ago. After these many months have passed, the chances of determining the origin of the pandemic are slim.

The international team is expected to travel to Wuhan

This is a particularly sensitive investigation. Thus, the WHO did not specify the date of arrival of its team of experts in the Asian country, simply evoking ” the first week of January “. The team is made up of ten qualified scientists from Denmark, UK, Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Vietnam, Germany, USA, Qatar and Japan.

Once in Beijing, they will have to quarantine themselves for two weeks. They will thus have between three and four weeks to complete their investigation. It should be noted that the WHO also did not specify the destination of the scientists. Senior officials nevertheless asked the international team to travel to Wuhan, the place where the first cases of Covid-19 were detected. If this is well planned, the latter should arrive in this metropolis of eleven million inhabitants around January 20.

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The origin of the coronavirus is a subject that divides researchers. The first cases of Covid-19 were detected at the Huanan Seafood Market, a market for fish, seafood and other live animals located in Jianghan District. While they are almost sure that the bat is the original host of the virus, they have not yet been able to identify the animal responsible for transmission to humans. Some tracks evoke the pangolin and the snake.

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In recent months, Donald Trump has accused Beijing of spreading the virus around the world. An assertion supported by some scientists. ” As long as this intermediate virus has not been identified and its genome sequenced, the question of the origin of SARS-CoV-2 will remain unresolved. Because in the absence of evidence concerning the last animal intermediate before human contamination, some authors suggest that this virus could have crossed the species barrier following a laboratory accident or be of synthetic origin. “, Declared the virologist Etienne Decroly in particular.

However, it will be difficult to determine if this is the case. Indeed, the delay put by China to accept an independent investigation considerably reduces the chances of finding the origin of the pandemic. For its part, the scientific team sent by the WHO indicates that this investigation does not aim to designate a country or a culprit, but to understand what happened to prevent it from happening again.

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