The World Health Organization (WHO) has published its report on the research it conducted in China on what the source of the coronavirus is. The report has the signatures of 17 Chinese and 17 international researchers.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, President of the World Health Organization (WHO), stated that the hypothesis that the coronavirus spreads from the laboratory is the least likely; however, he also emphasized that more research needs to be done.
He said that for this, more teams should go to China.
Tedros also criticized China for this issue, adding that the data collected from China and the research conducted were not enough.
Stating that the delegation also visited laboratories in Wuhan, Tedros stated that every hypothesis regarding the source of the virus is on the table.
Peter Ben Embarek, head of the delegation that went to Wuhan, stated that the coronavirus was already around in November 2019, even in October, and could have gone abroad.
Embarek also argues that the laboratory leak theory is the least likely; However, he stated that it is still necessary to examine this issue.
The delegation of the World Health Organization (WHO), which investigated how the coronavirus epidemic started, went to Wuhan, China earlier this year.
Four theses were focused
The delegation met with institutions, hospitals and people working in the live animal market associated with the outbreak of the virus in China.
The WHO and Chinese officials had negotiated for months so that the delegation could make observations.
The delegation, who went to China in February, announced the first findings.
At that time, it was reported that the coronavirus was very unlikely to leak from the Wuhan Virology Laboratory, which conducts research on bats.
The delegation said, “The virus was most likely transmitted to humans from a carrier animal.”
Head of the delegation, Peter Ben Embarek, held a press conference in Wuhan regarding the results of his investigations, and said that his investigations to find out how the virus passed to people focused on four theses:
- Passing the virus directly from animals to humans
- Transmission of the disease from carrier animal species
- Transmission of the virus through frozen products
- Spread of the virus from the Wuhan lab
Peter Ben Embarek said, “More studies need to be done, but our initial findings are that the most likely option is that the virus has passed to humans through a carrier animal.
Regarding the laboratory thesis, which is at the center of conspiracy theories, Embarek said, “This is extremely unlikely. Therefore, we do not recommend focusing on this thesis in future studies.”
The first Covid-19 case detected appeared in Wuhan in December 2019.