The WHO’s international team of health experts said on Thursday that it is unlikely that the coronavirus spread to humans from a lab in Wuhan. It further added that the ongoing investigations will head wherever it indicates rather than the geographical location.
A World Health Organization expert on animal disease and food safety, Peter Ben Embarek, said that no known viruses being researched or identified in laboratories around the globe are highly linked to respiratory disease. While talking to a news conference, he added that the team’s fieldwork in Wuhan in the last four weeks also supported dismissing the theory that the virus originated in a Chinese lab.
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Embarek said given the state of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Wuhan Institute of Virology, it is very unlikely that anything could escape from there. After eliminating the possibility of a virus leak, he called on the global leaders to focus more on available rational facts and coherent, systematic analysis.
He added, “It is a much more useful approach than to put personal feelings and views or only looking at half the arguments.” Embarek heads the UN’s seventeen-member expert team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the head of the investigation team, the situation in China shows that the coronavirus’s introduction into humans is through intermediatory species, direct transmission from an animal host to humans, or through cold and frozen food. Embarek said that none of these are ruled out by the team now.
He further said that the investigations into the origins of the deadly virus should not be confined to the region. Marion Koopmans, a cardiologist investigation team member, called on the officials to turn their attention towards reviewing and analyzing the earlier spread of the pandemic.