WHO calls for more cooperation from China in research on the origin of COVID-19 | The World | DW

China should cooperate more in the investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, the first cases of which were detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, the World Health Organization (WHO) said this Thursday (15.07.2021).

“We hope there will be better cooperation so that we know what really happened,” WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference in Geneva.

Likewise, Tedros maintained that there was a “premature impulse” in dismissing the theory that the virus could have escaped from a Chinese government laboratory in Wuhan, undermining the WHO’s own report in March, which concluded that a laboratory leak it was “extremely unlikely.”

“I was a laboratory technician myself, I am an immunologist and I have worked in the laboratory, and laboratory accidents happen,” said Tedros. “It is common,” he said.

The head of the international organization referred to the conclusions of a joint investigation conducted in China by Chinese scientists and a team selected by the WHO.

This team had considered a leak of the new coronavirus highly unlikely, although the thesis of transmission from an animal to a person through an as yet unidentified intermediate animal prevailed.

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