Enter 2021.01.14 19:30 | Revision 2021.01.14 20:00
According to the WHO announcement, out of an investigation team of 15 multinational scientists, only 13 arrived in Wuhan this morning. They start working immediately during the two-week quarantine period, the WHO said. It is reported that it will hold a video conference with the Chinese investigation team.
The WHO said that the results of several nucleic acid and antibody tests received by 15 investigators in their home country were all negative. At the same time, the investigative team first gathered in Singapore to enter Wuhan, China. China requires passengers departing from Singapore to undergo nucleic acid and antibody testing two days before departure. In the retest conducted by the investigating team before boarding the flight from Singapore to Wuhan, all of the nucleic acid test results were negative, but two of them tested positive for the antibody test.
The investigation by the WHO team of international experts on a visit to China came only a year after the Chinese government reported to the WHO on December 31, 2019 that a mass outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin in Wuhan was reported.
The Chinese government delayed entry approval even ahead of the visit of the investigation team. Even WHO secretary general Thewardros Adhanom Gubrersusus, who has been criticized for taking sides with China in the West, has also publicly criticized the Chinese government.
The investigative team studies the route of early corona infection cases found in Wuhan. Virus samples are analyzed and infected persons are interviewed. It is reported that he will also visit Huanan Fish Market in Wuhan, where the outbreak of a pneumonia group was first reported.
However, the US, which has always advocated the Chinese origin and accountability theory, is still expressing doubts about the activities of the WHO investigation team. The WHO research team conducts investigations with Chinese scientists. The United States criticized that the Chinese experts first conduct a preliminary investigation according to the conditions set by China, but this process is not transparent. There are also concerns that the information accessible to the WHO investigation team will be extremely limited.