WHO Team in China Believes It Is Still Too Early to Know Where SARS-Cov-2 Originated From

It is too early to draw conclusions about whether Covid-19 originated in China, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday as it conducts a mission to the country.

Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Pandemic

Ten scientists sent to China by the WHO

Ten scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in China on Thursday, Jan. 14. Their goal is to find out the source of SARS-Cov-2, a virus that has caused more than 74 million cases and 2.15 million deaths worldwide. The group, made up of scientists from Denmark, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Vietnam, Germany, the United States, Qatar, and Japan, will try to determine how the virus was transmitted to humans.

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The WHO team of experts arrived in Wuhan on Jan. 14 to begin investigating the origins of the deadly new coronavirus, the first cases of which were discovered in Wuhan in late 2019. Upon arrival, the mission members were taken to a hotel to complete a two-week quarantine. Since then, they have been working remotely, and once the quarantine is over, they should be able to visit the facilities and meet with their Chinese contacts.

The origin of the virus still under debate

The origin of the virus is still hotly disputed. The first cases were found at the  Huanan wet Market, a seafood market that also sold live animals. Although it has been determined that the main host is the bat, the animal responsible for transmission to humans has not yet been identified. Some possible tracks have been discussed, especially those of the pangolin and the snake.

Donald Trump while still, the president of the US accused Beijing of withholding important information and the WHO of being too cozy with China. Some scientists have also spoken out. Until this intermediate virus is identified and its genome is sequenced, the question of the origin of SARS-Cov-2 will remain unresolved. Luc Montagnier the man who was awarded the Nobel prize for discovering the HIV virus claimed in an interview in April 2020 that the virus may be man-made in a laboratory.

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He believes the hypothesis cannot be dismissed since the SARS-Cov that appeared in 2003 left the laboratories at least four times during the experiments. In addition, it should be remembered that coronaviruses have been intensively studied in laboratories to understand, among other things, the mechanisms of overcoming the species barrier.

No conclusion at this stage

It is too early to draw conclusions about whether Covid-19 originated in China, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.

“All hypotheses are on the table. It is clearly too early to come to a conclusion about the origin of this virus, whether it is from China or from outside,” WHO Director for Health Emergencies Michael Ryan told a news conference in Geneva.

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“There are different scientific observations in different parts of the world,” he continued, “It is a big puzzle and you can’t get the whole picture by looking at just one of the 10,000 pieces of the puzzle.”

China has repeatedly suggested that the virus has originated outside its borders.

It has so far killed more than two million people worldwide, infected tens of millions, and severely impacted the global economy.

“Our team is on the ground, working well with our Chinese colleagues. We are in the process of reviewing the data,” Ryan said. “It’s too early to draw conclusions, but we think we’re making some progress, and we hope we can continue to do so for the sake of public health and for the future,” he said.

Read Also: Wuhan Laboratory Finally Refutes Claims That Virus Originated There

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Virus Outbreak: Too early to draw virus origin conclusions: WHO

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