WHO will have proposals to continue the investigation into the origin of the coronavirus

This Friday, a spokesman for the a World Health Organization (WHO) noted that the mission of international experts that was in China between last January and February to investigate the origin of the coronavirus, will present to the Director-General of WHO a series of proposals on the additional studies that are required to advance this research.

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Once the CEO of the WHOTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, receive the recommendations, make them known to the member states of the Organization and decide with them what will be the next steps to follow, said spokeswoman Fadela Chaib, adding that there would be no specific deadline for this.

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The government of USA has just reopened the controversy about the origin of the virus by announcing that its intelligence services will intensify their investigations to find out (within a period of ninety days) what was the origin of the pandemic and decide between the two scenarios that it keeps open: that of the contagion of the human being by an infected animal or a laboratory accident in Wuhan (China).

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The international mission (17 international experts and 17 Chinese) sent by the WHO a China at the beginning of the year to investigate the same, he did not reach firm conclusions and left four scenarios open, but he considered that the most probable was that the coronavirus it had come to humans through one or more animals that acted as an intermediary species.

The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is seen waiting in Geneva, on May 24, 2021. (LAURENT GILLIERON / POOL / AFP). (LAURENT GILLIERON /)

Instead, he considered that the possibility that the pandemic originated in a laboratory was “highly unlikely”.

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Faced with these results, which were published in mid-March, Tedros considered that the research had not been exhaustive enough and requested additional studies to achieve “stronger conclusions”, Although since then no concrete progress has been reported.

USA criticized the delay with which the mission delivered its report and that it had not had access to tests and samples of the virus “original and complete”.

Chaib explained that among the areas that require more research are the early detection of cases and groups of cases, as well as the potential role of animal markets, transmission through the food chain and the hypothesis of a laboratory accident, that is, the four scenarios presented by the international mission.



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