Chinese security guards outside the Wuhan Institute of Virus Research during a visit by a WHO investigation team on the source of the new coronavirus February 3, 2021.
“Announcement next week,” but after continually stating “announcement next week,” the WHO expert mission’s findings on the traceability of the new coronavirus are still awaiting Chinese endorsement. Meanwhile, Robert Redfield, the recently departed director of the CDC, told CNN on Friday that he believes the new coronavirus was “leaked” from the Wuhan Institute of Virus Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and began spreading in September-October 2019. -There is no clear evidence that the new coronavirus was leaked from the Wuhan Institute, and Redfield emphasized that this is his “personal opinion.
Redfield’s statement is surprising because it comes from an expert who leads the U.S. National Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The expert said, “I have always believed that the cause of the outbreak in Wuhan was that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virus. ‘Leak’, some people don’t believe that, well, science will bring the truth to light.”
“It is not uncommon for respiratory pathogens working in laboratories to infect lab workers, and this was not done intentionally,” he continued. “I don’t believe this was passed from bats to humans at that point in Time when this virus spread to humans and became one of the most widely transmitted human-to-human viruses known to us humans.”
The Wuhan Institute of Virus Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has the P4 Virus Research Laboratory, the only scientific institution in China that has the highest safety index requirements to study the most virulent infectious virus, about 14 kilometers from the Wuhan South China Market.
Some scientists have long said that the new coronavirus could have come from an accident at the Wuhan Institute, but a joint WHO-China expert panel concluded a few weeks ago that the hypothesis that the new coronavirus came from an accident at the Wuhan Institute was “highly unlikely,” and the panel inspired that the most likely scenario was that it was transmitted through an unknown animal as an intermediate host to humans.
However, the WHO’s preliminary conclusions were highly controversial, the most critical issue being that China refused to provide the WHO experts with the original information on the first patients that appeared in Wuhan, according to later statements by the WHO experts involved in the mission. In response, the Biden administration said it was “gravely concerned” about the circumstances of the WHO expert mission and demanded that Beijing be transparent and release all information. The U.S. also called for a truly independent international investigation.
A year after China finally agreed to a joint retrospective investigation by Chinese and international experts into the Wuhan outbreak, the final investigation report has been delayed several times, except for a highly controversial press conference on February 9, when the two sides announced that the joint investigation report should be released on March 15, and on March 16, when a WHO spokesperson announced that “It is highly likely that the report will be published next week.” Three days later, China responded via Western social networks that Chinese experts received the report in English on March 17 and that the release of the report next week would depend on discussions between Chinese experts and international experts.
According to the report, the WHO Joint Expert Panel’s new traceability investigation report, which is about 300 pages long, must be approved by more than a dozen Chinese and international experts before it can be released to the public. After publication, WHO will study the report and propose the next steps to member states.
More than 30 scientists called on March 4 through the Wall Street Journal and French newspaper Le Monde for an independent scientific mission to China to trace the source of the disease, and WHO spokesman Tariq Jasarevic hinted that the WHO could not get China to accept either a fully independent investigation or a report that would not be in its interest.
The World reports that the current dispute between international scientists involved in the investigation and the Chinese side may be over when exactly the outbreak of the new crown virus occurred in Hubei, China, with Chinese authorities trying to get the outside world to accept that the outbreak occurred in December, but additional information suggests it was much earlier. the March 18 issue of the American journal ‘Science’ cites new research that points to human-to-human transmission of the New crown outbreak in Hubei in October 2019.