On February 2, members of the WHO expert panel visited the Hubei Animal Disease Prevention and Control Center in protective clothing to investigate the origin of the CCP virus.
A member of the WHO expert panel suggested that virus traceability efforts would require an investigation of the genetic composition of the virus inside the bat cave. This is a new request from the WHO experts to the Chinese (Communist Party) authorities to visit sensitive sites.
The group of experts visited on Wednesday (Feb. 4) the Wuhan Institute of Virus Research, which has been at the forefront of the controversy over the origin of the virus. It is suspected that the pandemic of the New Coronavirus (CCP virus) that has wreaked havoc around the world was caused by a leak, intentional or not, from the institute.
Shortly after the outbreak, the Chinese Communist authorities had the military take over the institute, and tightly managed and controlled the personnel and facilities involved in virus research. There are reports that the bat cave where Shi Zhengli, the deputy director of the Wuhan Institute of Virus Research who headed the research on the new coronavirus (a CCP virus), used to conduct investigations has also been cordoned off, prohibiting outsiders from entering without the approval of the Chinese (CCP) authorities.
The WHO expert team has had several disputes with the Chinese Communist authorities over the route of this investigation and the arrangements for the location of the visit. Beijing does not want the WHO operation to be tainted by a retrospective investigation of the virus against China, insisting that the investigation be described as a “collaboration” between experts from both sides, not an “investigation”. China also did not want the investigation team to enter sensitive sites such as the Wuhan Institute of Virus Research, the Wuhan Seafood Market and the Bat Cave.
The WHO has repeatedly complained that Beijing has created various reasons to delay the team’s trip. After many arguments, Beijing agreed that the WHO expert team was to carry out the activities under the leadership and arrangement of Chinese experts. Observers point out that the official reception arranged by the Chinese (Communist Party of China) is in fact a case of the Chinese (Communist Party of China) authorities designating all the receptionists and having them read to the visitors according to a set tone, denying the visitors access to the real situation.
Many countries, including the United States, have criticized China’s (CCP) response in the early stages of the outbreak for not being transparent, and Beijing has been promoting the idea that the virus did not originate in Wuhan but elsewhere.
Peter Daszak, a WHO zoologist and animal disease expert who is currently conducting field investigations in Wuhan, China, was involved in the 2002-2003 study to trace the Sars virus back to a bat cave in Yunnan province, where it was found to have originated.
Daszak, who now serves as president of the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance, said, “If we’re going to find the true wild source of the new coronavirus [the Chinese communist virus], we should do similar research work.”
In an interview with Reuters, Dazak said, “It’s very important to look for possible sources of bats and things like that because we have to find the source of these deadly viruses to be able to reduce human contact with these animals.”
Dazak said the WHO panel learned new material in Wuhan about the virus causing the pandemic. But he was not specific about that.
One scenario the WHO team looked at more closely is that the virus may have started spreading long before it was discovered in Wuhan. “This is something that our team is looking at very carefully in order to understand just how far the virus had spread in the community before,” Dazak said.
Dazak said, “What we’re really doing here is tracing the virus from the first detected case back to the reservoir of the virus in the wild, which is a very winding road that can take months, if not years.”
The expert team visited several hospitals, research facilities and the seafood market in Wuhan where the outbreak first occurred.