Thursday, January 21, 2021

WHO fact-finding mission arrives in China’s Wuhan to analyze origins of Covid-19 — RT World Information

A staff from the World Well being Group (WHO) has arrived within the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan to check the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. The mission had been delayed for months as the worldwide well being physique held talks with Beijing.

The WHO mission arrived in Wuhan on Thursday, Chinese language media reported. TV channel CGTN mentioned the investigators must bear “related quarantine procedures” earlier than beginning area work within the metropolis, the place the coronavirus was first found in late 2019.

WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris advised CGTN {that a} staff of ten consultants from ten nations is a part of a wider probe into the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which induced Covid-19.

“It’s crucial for the world to know how this virus jumped from animals into people, in order that we might cease it [from] taking place once more,” she mentioned, referring to the truth that the virus had been linked to bats through the early days of the outbreak.

Harris mentioned the consultants will particularly look into the earliest circumstances reported in Wuhan. 

Britain’s Guardian newspaper quoted a number of members of the staff insisting that the mission’s objective was to not confirm the allegations made by outgoing US President Donald Trump and a few members of his administration that Beijing was one way or the other accountable for “releasing” the virus into the world.

“This isn’t about discovering China responsible or saying ‘it began right here, give or take three meters.’ That is about lowering the chance. And the media may also help by avoiding Trump fashion finger-pointing. Our job will not be political,” Fabian Leendertz, a professor at Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, mentioned.

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The arrival of the much-anticipated mission has been delayed a number of occasions. China blocked the staff’s entry earlier this month, drawing criticism from WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who mentioned he was “very upset with the information.”

Beijing, in the meantime, mentioned that it wanted extra time to arrange for the go to.

The AP information company reported final yr that, though WHO officers had been publicly praising China for the way in which it dealt with the struggle towards Covid-19, behind the scenes they grew pissed off with Beijing not sharing sufficient knowledge in regards to the virus. “We’re happening very minimal info,” WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19, Maria Van Kerkhove , was quoted as saying at an inner assembly.

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