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WHO calls for further studies, data on the origin of COVID-19

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The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced, recently that he met with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and discussed with him the issue of the Corona epidemic, especially the investigation that is still faltering on the origin of the epidemic.

In a tweet via his Twitter account, Gebrisos wrote during his visit to Beijing on the occasion of the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics: “We discussed Corona and the need to make a great effort in terms of equitable distribution of vaccines this year, to vaccinate 70 % of the world’s population”.

“We also discussed the need to collaborate more closely to identify the origins of the virus based on science and evidence. I welcomed his support for strengthening the WHO and conversations on pandemic consensus to encourage global preparedness.”

On the other hand, the Chinese government announced in a statement that Li called for solidarity, cooperation, and more understanding between countries to overcome the epidemic.

About the search for the origin of the epidemic, the statement said that Gibrisos affirmed his adherence to scientific principles and refused to politicize the investigation.

Virus Leak Hypothesis

This is the first visit of the Director-General of the World Health Organization to China since January 2020, a few weeks after the announcement of the first infections with the Coronavirus in the city of Wuhan.

Since then, the organization has counted more than 370 million injuries and 5.6 million deaths, which is an outcome that is less than the actual numbers. He considers that understanding the origin of the coronavirus is key to managing future epidemics.

After much procrastination, a team of international experts from the WHO was able to visit Wuhan in January 2021, to investigate the origins of the virus in cooperation with their Chinese counterparts.

In a joint investigation issued in March 2021, they considered that the most likely scenario is that the virus was transmitted from bats to humans through an intermediary animal, while they considered that the theory of the virus leaking from a laboratory is “highly unlikely.”

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