World Health Organization (WHO) ends mission to investigate corona's origins in China

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The WHO team has completed its mission to search for the origins of the emerging Coronavirus virus outbreak in China, where a larger WHO team will be deployed to the suspected outbreak area.

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Gebresus, confirmed that the "international team" would be deployed in Wuhan, the city believed to be the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic, late last year, according to Sky News.

Tedros said the World Health Organization had defined the "terms of reference" for the team to be deployed in Wuhan.

For his part, the Director of the Emergency Department at the World Health Organization, Dr. Michael Ryan, warned that there are "gaps in the epidemiological landscape," noting that the appropriate studies and data that will be collected will be evaluated.

 

He added that the real ingenuity is to go to the cases of human infection that occurred first and then return systematically in search of the first sign that occurred during the crossing of the barrier between the human and animal species, according to what was reported by "Sky News".

He continued: "Once you understand where the barrier was breached, you are moving on to studies in a more systematic way on the animal side."

More than 120 countries called for an investigation into the origin of the virus in May, while China insisted that the WHO lead the investigation and wait until the epidemic is brought under control.

It is noteworthy that the last mission of the Corona virus in China in February, at which time the team leader, Canadian doctor Bruce Aylward praised the efforts of China in containing the outbreak and the exchange of information, and was criticized by Canadian and American officials, saying that he is very lenient with China.

Complaints included that China delayed the release of the virus' genetic map for more than a week after three different government laboratories completely decrypted the information.

Senior leaders of the WHO complained privately at meetings held on January 6 that China was not sharing enough data to assess the extent of the virus in humans or the threat it posed to the rest of the world, costing valuable time, as they described.