(News 24h) – WHO experts come to investigate the disease in China but no official information and mysterious appearance.
On July 13, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hoa Xuan Oanh said the World Health Organization (WHO) ‘s top trips have been to China to cooperate in studying the origin of the SARS-CoV virus. -2 causes acute respiratory tract infection COVID-19.
|A press conference of the China-WHO joint expert group was held in Beijing on February 24, 2020. Photo: Xinhua|
Speaking at the press conference, Ms. Hoa Xuan Oanh stated that after the consultation between the two sides, the Chinese Government agreed, WHO will send experts to Beijing to exchange ideas with Chinese colleagues about the agreement. collaborative scientific work on traceability of SARS-CoV-2.
She emphasized that China and WHO reached a basic consensus that traceability is a scientific issue that should be studied by scientists through research and international cooperation globally.
According to her, the WHO view is that traceability is an ongoing process that may involve many countries and localities. WHO will continue to make similar trips to other countries and regions if absolutely necessary.
It is not clear whether WHO experts will arrive at the outbreak in Wuhan.
More interestingly, there is no official information about the WHO specialized team working in China.
WHO did not even disclose the names of experts, their trip schedules and their specific jobs. The Chinese government and media have not made any statements regarding the presence of the expert group. Authorized organizations, including the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have so far not confirmed that they will talk to the WHO delegation.
On July 12, the Associated Press news agency reported two experts were present in Beijing. Their mission is to collaborate with health officials and mainland scientists, preparing for a larger-scale visit in an undetermined period, to understand the origin of COVID-19.
There is a view that information about the origin of the pandemic has been politicized.
The visit of the expert delegation is part of the May resolution, which was supported and agreed by China at the World Health Assembly meeting. Earlier, the organization had been called in to identify the origin of nCoV.
Yanzhong Huang, a senior member of the Council on Foreign Relations, said the transparent investigation could be an opportunity for WHO to rebuild its reputation and neutral image in the eyes of the public as well as global leaders. bridge.
“But the location and investigation plan of the expert group is a matter for negotiation,” he said.
Besides, although last week the organization announced that Wuhan would be the starting point of its investigation, the process still depends on China’s decision.
Some observers said the outcome of the WHO visit was largely based on the right to data access and understanding of different scenarios, including the nCoV thesis from the Wuhan laboratory. Daniel Lucey, an infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University Medical Center, insists the organization will have to give a satisfactory explanation of this hypothesis.