A world crew of specialists wrapping up a month spent in China investigating the Covid-19 pandemic’s origins will temporary the media in Wuhan on Tuesday, the WHO introduced.
“The worldwide crew working to grasp the origins of the Covid-19 virus is finishing its 4 weeks’ keep in Wuhan, China and along with their Chinese language colleagues will take part in a press convention,” the World Well being Group mentioned Monday.
The briefing, at 4:00pm native time (0800 GMT) at a lodge within the city, can be live-streamed in English on the UN well being company’s digital and social media platforms.
The primary Covid-19 instances had been detected in Wuhan in December 2019.
Scientists assume the illness — which has gone on to kill greater than 2.3 million individuals worldwide — originated in bats and will have been transmitted to people through one other mammal.
However there aren’t any definitive solutions to date and prime WHO officers have performed down the probabilities of the delicate investigation mission discovering them on the primary try.
They’ve mentioned the Wuhan go to will possible throw up many extra questions that want answering.
Since rising from their preliminary 14-day lodge quarantine, the WHO specialists have visited plenty of high-profile websites linked to the pandemic origins, together with a seafood market the place individuals had been first discovered falling ailing.
A visit final Wednesday to the Wuhan Institute of Virology was one of many highest-profile occasions on the agenda as a result of controversial principle it might need been the supply of the pandemic.
Scientists on the laboratory conduct analysis on a number of the world’s most harmful ailments, together with strains of bat coronaviruses much like Covid-19.
Hypothesis emerged early within the pandemic that the virus might have by accident leaked from the lab in Wuhan, though there was no proof offered to again up that principle.
Then-US president Donald Trump and his supporters seized on these rumours and amplified them with conspiracy theories that China had intentionally leaked the virus.
Peter Ben Embarek, the top of the WHO mission, mentioned the inspectors had “very frank” discussions with Chinese language scientists in regards to the supply of the pandemic — together with theories that it leaked from the laboratory, he informed AFP final Thursday.
Whereas he didn’t establish particular theories, Ben Embarek described a few of them as irrational and insisted the investigators wouldn’t waste time chasing the wildest claims.