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Higher late than by no means: WHO sending group to China to research coronavirus origins

Better late than never: WHO sending team to China to investigate coronavirus origins


The World Well being Group will ship a group to Wuhan to research the place the novel coronavirus might have originated, Director Basic Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus introduced, six months after the virus started its world unfold.

Tedros spoke at a WHO press briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday, providing no additional particulars on the probe.

The revelation comes because the pandemic has claimed half one million lives and contaminated over 10 million individuals throughout the globe, simply six months after the primary studies of person-to-person transmission outdoors of China.

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A WHO state of affairs report on January 30 famous 7,818 instances of Covid-19, together with the primary documented person-to-person transmission among the many 82 instances in 18 international locations outdoors of China. 

Washington has insisted on an investigation into the origins of the virus and accused the WHO of “overlaying” for Beijing, going as far as to sever all ties to the world well being physique on the finish of Could.

US insistence on virus “transparency” additionally sank the proposed UN Safety Council decision that may have supported a world ceasefire through the pandemic.

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Tedros lamented the “politicization of the pandemic” through the briefing, pointing to “regarding indicators of stigma” within the debates about security precautions resembling mandating the sporting of face masks. He additionally warned that the pandemic was “not even near being over,” however was in actual fact “dashing up” globally.

The novel coronavirus was first reported within the central Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan on the finish of 2019, though the precise time and place of the primary human an infection stays unknown. The Chinese language authorities has disputed claims that it originated at a market in Wuhan, in addition to US accusations that the virus might have escaped from a lab on the Wuhan Institute of Virology, both accidentally or on goal.

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