On February 9, the joint investigation team of the World Health Organization (WHO) and China ended the investigation in Wuhan without providing any in-depth information on the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. .
|WHO expert Peter Ben Embarek holds a chart showing the pathways of virus transmission at a joint press conference at the end of the investigation in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on February 9. Photo: AP|
At the joint press conference, Liang Wan Nian (Liang Wan Nian), an expert from the National Health Commission of China (NHC), believes that the new strain corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) causes COVID-19 disease. It is an animal origin, but “the host is still unknown”.
A WHO expert also said that SARS-CoV-2 could have been transmitted from animals to humans and could not be leaked from the Chinese laboratory.
“The results of the study suggest that the hypothesis of laboratory incidents is ‘extremely uncertain’ to explain how the virus spreads to humans,” said Peter Ben Embarek, an expert in animal diseases. WHO said.
There was no evidence that “major outbreaks in Wuhan” were prior to December 2019, when the first official cases were recorded, he said.
Regarding the fresh market in Wuhan, he said that the exact role the market plays in the outbreak of the disease has not been determined.
Concerning the theory that the SARS-CoV-2 virus could have come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, he said the investigative team thought the institute was in good condition and “it is very unlikely that something could have escaped.” from such a place ”.
Experts say that while lab failures can still occur, they are extremely rare.
“The lab incident hypothesis is extremely difficult to explain for the emergence of this virus in humans. Therefore, this is not a hypothesis that we recommend further study, ”said Mr. Embarek.
|Wuhan Institute of Virology. Photo: Reuters|
According to Reuters, the WHO expert said the WHO survey, which lasted nearly a month, “did not significantly change the picture of the pandemic”.
The WHO investigation team includes experts from 10 countries. Their mission is seen as the first step towards understanding the origin of SARS-CoV-2 – which was initially believed to have originated from a bat, then passed on to humans through another intermediate animal (for example pangolin …).
With the unfavorable results after a month’s investigation by WHO, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Uong Van Ban said that WHO should also go to another country to investigate the origin.
According to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, on the question of whether China will officially ask WHO to come to the United States to investigate the origin of COVID-19, Mr. Uong replied that the traceability of COVID-19 should be progressed. with the cooperation of scientists around the world.
“WHO should have similar surveys to other countries and regions based on facts and responsibilities,” said Mr. Uong.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China said that “many clues, reports and research prove that the virus (SARS-CoV-2) and epidemic COVID-19 appeared early in many parts of the world in the second half. year 2019 “.
|Chinese Ambassador to America Thoi Thien Khai. Photo: Xinhua|
Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Thien Khai proposed the possibility of opening an investigation into the origin of COVID-19 epidemic in the US, whether, the origin of COVID-19 could begin somewhere at America instead of Wuhan, China.
At the interview with CNN, when host Fareed Zakaria asked if the SARS-CoV-2 virus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan City (China) before it broke out into a pandemic or not, Ambassador Cui Thien Khai replied: “I think when someone makes a charge, they must provide evidence.”
At the same time Mr. Cui said that scientists are working in Wuhan to “look at all the facts”.
When asked about whether the scientists had “full access” during the investigation, Cui replied, “They were already in Wuhan. They were there for a few days. And my question is will they be allowed to come here [Mỹ] to do the same thing ”.
Earlier, the US State Department said on January 15 that the agency “has reason to believe” that scientists in Wuhan were infected with COVID-19 in the fall of 2019, before the first reported infection, according to Fox News.
“China has prevented independent journalists, investigators and global health agencies from interviewing researchers at WIV, including those infected in the fall of 2019. Any credible investigation must include interviews with these researchers and a full report of previously unpublished cases ”- the State Department statement said.