Who fears? China blocks entry of the WHO COVID-19 team | Digital Trends Spanish
The Chinese government prevented the entry of a team of researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO), whose mission was to investigate the origins of COVID-19 in Wuhan, where the SARS-CoV-2 virus was first detected a end of 2019.
After months of negotiations, China had agreed to the view of the WHO team. However, when two members headed to the country, local authorities assured that the details of the visit, including the dates, were not yet 100 percent agreed.
In statements collected by the British chain BBCChinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said that “there could be some misunderstanding”, but ruled out that there are second readings around the decision.
“We are still supporting international cooperation and advancing internal preparations. We are in communication with the WHO and, as far as I know, with dates and arrangements, we are still in talks, “said the official.
Origin of the virus
WHO intends to send a 10-person team of international experts to China with the aim of investigating the animal origin of the pandemic and how the virus was first transmitted to humans.
Two team members had left on Tuesday, January 5, but had to modify their itinerary due to the blockade.
Although the virus was initially believed to have originated in a market that sold exotic animals, the origins of SARS-CoV-2 are still up for debate. Some researchers believe that it only spread there.
According to the BBC, research has suggested that coronaviruses capable of infecting humans may have been circulating in bats for decades without being detected.
However, it is not known which intermediate animal host – if any – transmitted the virus between bats and humans.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was “very disappointed” that China has not yet finalized permits for the team’s arrival.
“They have assured me that China is speeding up the internal procedure for the earliest possible deployment,” said Tedros Adhanom, who called the mission “a priority” for the United Nations health agency.