WHO Announces conclusion to groundwork Study on Origin of Coronavirus


According to the Hindustan Times, the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded its mission of laying the groundwork for an investigation of the animal origins of the coronavirus pandemic in China. ~

The WHO began urging China to invite their experts to help investigate the animal origins of COVID-19 in early May, but were unable to get their specialists into the country until July 10. The UN health agency sent an epidemiologist and an animal health specialist to Beijing to lay the groundwork for a probe aimed at identifying how the virus entered the human species. ~

Scientists believe the killer virus jumped from animals to humans, possibly from a market in the city of Wuhan selling exotic animals for meat. Chinese officials said early in the outbreak that the virus may have spread from a market in the city, which sold live and wild animals, but no further confirmation of that has been revealed. ~

“The WHO advance team that traveled to China has now concluded their mission to lay the groundwork for further joint efforts to identify the virus origins,” the agency’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference, adding: “Epidemiological studies will begin in Wuhan to identify the potential source of infection of the early cases” (The Times of India). The WHO and Chinese experts have drafted the terms of reference for the studies and program of work for an international team, led by the WHO. The international team will include leading scientists and researchers from China and around the world. “Evidence and hypotheses generated through this work will lay the ground for further, longer-term studies” Adhanom Ghebreyesus added (WHO). ~

The WHO has urged governments and citizens to focus on doing the known basics to reduce health risks, such as testing, contact tracing, maintaining physical distance, and wearing a mask in order to suppress the pandemic. “We all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection,” Adhanom Ghebreyesus claimed in his virtual press conference. ~


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