Call from WHO Director-General to "thoroughly investigate the possibility of Covid-19 leaving the laboratory"

Call from WHO Director-General to “thoroughly investigate the possibility of Covid-19 leaving the laboratory”


In the report on the origin of Covid-19 with a joint WHO-China study, it was claimed that Covid-19 was transmitted from bats to humans by another animal. In the report, the probability of Covid-19 leaving the laboratory was shown as the “least likely”.

In his speech to the representatives of WHO member countries, WHO Director-General Ghebreyesus emphasized that, contrary to the report, “all hypotheses regarding the origin of the virus are still on the table”. “This report is a very important beginning but not the end. We haven’t found the origin of the virus yet, and we must continue to follow science and examine the bottom of every stone as we do now,” Ghebreyesus said. said.

Underlining that they have to find the origin of the virus and owe it to the world, Ghebreyesus underlined that a single trip to China is not enough to investigate the origin of Covid-19.

“I AM READY TO ASSIGN SPECIAL EXPERTS TO EXPLORE THE ORIGIN OF THE VIRUS”

Reminding that a delegation of international experts and researchers visited several laboratories in the city of Wuhan, where the virus broke out, and evaluated the possibility of the virus entering the human population as a result of a laboratory event, Ghebreyesus said, “I do not believe that this assessment is comprehensive enough. More data and studies will be needed to reach more robust conclusions. . ” found the assessment.

Stating that the delegation concluded in the report that “Covid-19 is the ‘least likely’ probability hypothesis to leak from the laboratory,” Ghebreyesus said, “This (thesis) requires more extensive research by special experts. I am ready for this assignment.” he spoke.

THE POSSIBILITY OF A NEW TRIP TO CHINA IS NOT CURRENT, ACCORDING TO WHO EXPERT

Peter Ben Embarek, one of the WHO experts who investigated the origin of Covid-19 in China, said at a press conference held in Geneva by video conferencing method, that unlike Ghebreyesus, there is no possibility of going to China to investigate the origin of the virus in the near future.

Embarek stated that it would take a long time to evaluate the data they obtained.

Robert Redfield, former Director of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suggested that the origin of the virus was a laboratory in China.

Fıng Zıcian, Vice President of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, argued that the possibility of Covid-19 leaking from the laboratory was impossible.

CHINA RECALLED CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION

China previously rejected the US administration’s request to initiate an investigation into the origin of the virus, and imposed export restrictions on this country after the Australian government called for an international investigation into WHO in April 2020.

After the increase of international pressure, the delegation of experts and researchers from the USA, Australia, Germany, Japan, England, Russia, the Netherlands, Qatar and Vietnam first went to China at the beginning of January, but had to return after the Beijing administration warned that valid visas were not received. .

The delegation, which came to Wuhan on January 14 by private plane after obtaining the permits, was kept in quarantine for 14 days and exchanged information with Chinese officials online during this period.

In the field studies that started on January 29, the delegation conducted examinations in the seafood food market in Wuhan, where the first cases were seen, as well as Hubey China and Western Medicine Integrated Regional Hospital, Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, Hubey Province Disease Control Center and Animal Diseases Center.


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