The World Health Organization will be in charge of investigating the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus arrived in the central-eastern Chinese city of Wuhan
| 01/13/2021 | ionicons-v5-c00: 00 | – . |
The team of experts from the World Health Organization (who) in charge of investigating the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus arrived this Thursday in the central-eastern Chinese city of Wuhan.
Images broadcast by the state chain CGTN today showed the team’s arrival at the city’s airport and its reception by personnel dressed in white protective suits.
The team must follow the Asian country’s covid prevention protocol and quarantine for 14 days before beginning its investigations on the ground, several official media from the Asian country added today.
The mission, « priority » for the who, is made up of scientists from various international organizations from the US, Japan, Russia, the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Vietnam, Germany and Qatar.
The arrival of the team caused controversy in recent weeks after the general director of the who, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, claimed to be « very disappointed » by the obstacles that Beijing was putting on the mission, although the Chinese authorities denied they were impeding it.
The Ethiopian had continually praised Beijing for its collaboration in the pandemic throughout 2020, something that earned him harsh criticism in the West, especially from the United States, whose government has repeatedly accused China of being to blame for the global spread. of the coronavirus.
The objective of the mission is to find the possible animal origin of SARS-CoV-2 and its transmission channels to humans; Although the initial theory is that it spread through a market for fresh produce and animals in Wuhan, the official Chinese press has promoted an alternative narrative in recent months that assures that this outbreak could be due to frozen food from other countries.
In that sense, the state agency Xinhua rushed today to defend the country’s « good will » regarding this trip: « China supports a scientific and fact-based investigation, » the media said in an editorial published on Thursday.
Although experts from the who They already visited China for this purpose in February and July of last year -without revealing too many details-, the organization of this mission has been delayed for months and has been surrounded by secrecy, both on the part of that body and the Chinese authorities