The Last Opportunity To Discover The Origin Of Covid
The World Health Organization (WHO) says a new duty unit may be the ultimate chance to find the origins of Covid-19, It has nominated 26 specialists to join the body, the Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of New Pathogens (Sago).
More than a year and a half since the virus was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the question of how it first emerged remains unclear The team will consider whether the virus jumped from animals to humans in Wuhan markets or was leaked in a laboratory accident.
China has vigorously refuted the second theory In February, a WHO team tasked with investigating the origins of Covid flew to China and concluded that the virus likely came from bats, but that more work was needed.
The team called the theory of the laboratory leak “extremely unlikely, But WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus later said the investigation had been hampered by a lack of data and transparency from China.
The proposed members of the Sago group include six experts who visited China as part of the previous team Aside from the coronavirus, Sago will also investigate the origins of other high-risk pathogens.
“Understanding where new pathogens are coming from is essential to preventing future outbreaks,” said Dr. Tedros In a joint editorial in the journal Science, Dr. Tedros and other WHO officials said that “a laboratory accident cannot be ruled out.”
Michael Ryan, WHO emergency director, said Sago’s work may be the “last chance to understand the origins of this virus The announcement of the new group comes as CNN reported that China was preparing to analyze tens of thousands of blood bank samples taken in the first months of the pandemic, But Chen Xu, China’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said Sago’s work should not be “politicized.”
“It’s time to send teams to other places, Almost two years since the start of the pandemic, we still do not know how or when the deadly Sars-Cov-2 virus emerged. Researching new viruses is always extremely complex, but scientists have been able to find the source of the previous two coronavirus outbreaks, both of which came from animals.
Nine months have passed since the last mission convened by the WHO returned from Wuhan, saying that a similar animal spill was the most likely source of the pandemic. But questions continue to arise about a possible accident at a Wuhan laboratory that studies coronavirus and maintains thousands of bat samples. China has strenuously denied it.
The WHO says China has yet to share crucial data from the early days of the pandemic. The UN agency, which has been caught in the firing line between China and the largest geopolitical struggle in the United States on this issue, has been hardening its language on investigations of a theory of laboratory leaks.
Science is becoming increasingly politicized, and China so far refuses to allow international scientists to return to the country This new Sago body with experts from 26 different countries is expected to be able to come out of this stalemate and finally get some much-needed answers so the world can better prepare for future outbreaks.