Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Home Uncategorized WHO to investigate the animal origins of the novel coronavirus

WHO to investigate the animal origins of the novel coronavirus

On Friday, WHO said that international experts had held their first meeting, albeit virtually, with their Chinese counterparts in order to investigate the animal origins of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press briefing Friday that the UN agency was continuing to establish the origins of the virus to prevent future outbreaks.

He said: “Today, a group of international experts had their first virtual meeting with their Chinese counterparts.”

Scientists believe the killer virus jumped from animals to humans, possibly from a market in the city of Wuhan selling exotic animals for meat.

It is widely assumed that the virus originally came from bats, but the intermediate animal host that transmitted it between bats and humans remains unknown.

When asked why the first meeting between the experts had not been face-to-face, WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan stressed Friday that it was certainly always part of the plan that the teams would meet virtually first.

He said the teams needed to first review all the studies already done so that the trip, the mission ultimately will address the issues which are the gaps in knowledge.

He cautioned though that such investigations are highly complex and can take a very long time.

He said: “I cast my mind back to MERS and SARS and other diseases, which have taken months and sometimes years to establish animal origins, and sometimes years to get fully fledged investigations carried out on the ground.”

The WHO has faced harsh criticism for not moving quickly enough with the probe, especially from the administration of US President Donald Trump, which has accused the agency of kowtowing to China.

Most Popular

US cancer patient suffers Covid infection for 471 days

A cancer case in US' Connecticut has come the alternate longest- known in the world to be infected with Covid as he suffered the...

Kapoor family is having a great time at home, reveals Sanjay Kapoor

Bollywood actor Sanjay Kapoor, who's gearing up for the release of the alternate season of his OTT show' Gone Game', lately participated that there's...

Indian and Pakistani origin UK ministers combine to corner Boris Johnson

The governments of India and Pakistan may be at daggers drawn. But Indian and Pakistani origin elderly press ministers in the British government of...

Air India adopts Amadeus solutions to power passenger service platform

Global Trip technology company Amadeus on Monday said that Air India, lately acquired by Tata Group, has espoused its full-mound results as part of...

Recent Comments