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Pandemic’s origins obscured by lack of Chinese data: WHO

Pandemic’s origins obscured by lack of Chinese data: WHO

Pandemic’s origins obscured by lack of Chinese data: WHO
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  • The World Health Organization’s examination into the origins of Covid-19 was inconclusive.
  • Due to a lack of evidence, particularly from China, it was unable to determine how the virus was transmitted.
  • The findings are likely to raise doubts about the feasibility of the project.
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LONDON — The World Health Organization announced on Thursday that its newest examination into the origins of Covid-19 was inconclusive, largely due to a lack of evidence from China, dealing another setback to the organization’s years-long struggle to figure out how the pandemic started.

All available data indicated that the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 came from animals, most likely bats, according to the WHO expert panel’s findings, which was comparable to the UN agency’s previous work on the matter in 2021 after a trip to China.

Due to a lack of evidence, particularly from China, where the first instances were reported in December 2019, it was unable to determine how the virus was transmitted to people for the first time.

The findings are likely to raise doubts about the feasibility of the project.

They will also add urgency to efforts to restructure the WHO and its health emergency protocols, as the organisation tries to reclaim its reputation after years of criticism for its handling of the pandemic.

The first of numerous reports due from the panel, according to the WHO, is also about devising a better mechanism to investigate the origins of future epidemics.

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According to the paper, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wrote to the Chinese government twice in February seeking more information, while the authors also stated that China had provided some data on request.

 

The pandemic’s roots, which have claimed the lives of at least 15 million people, have become politicised. Scientists think it’s critical to figure out what went wrong in order to avoid it from happening again.

The longer it takes, the more difficult it becomes.

However, due to a lack of evidence, the panel’s Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) said it was still unable to do so. They also warn that examining “such a lengthy period after the original outbreak” poses “known hurdles,” but that their investigation will continue.

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“The longer it takes, the more difficult it becomes,” Maria Van Kerkhove, a senior WHO official on the SAGO secretariat, said at a press conference, adding that the WHO will continue to support all attempts to learn more about how the epidemic started.

 

“We owe it to ourselves, and we owe it to the millions who died and the billions who were infected,” she said.

According to the study, no new information on the potential that SARS-CoV-2 was introduced to people through a laboratory incident has been revealed, and “it is vital to analyse all plausible scientific findings” in evaluating this option.

It includes a footnote outlining how members of the panel from Brazil, China, and Russia disagreed that more research on the lab hypothesis was needed and suggested that nothing had changed since the previous WHO-China joint report on origins, published in March 2021, reflecting the political wrangling that has dogged the report’s drafting.

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Instead of drawing judgments on Covid-19, the latest report contains a framework for pinpointing the origins of future outbreaks, which WHO has stated is the panel’s main goal.

SAGO Co-Chair Jean-Claude Manuguerra

When the group was formed in October, WHO emergency chief Mike Ryan stated that it was the “greatest chance… it may be our final chance” to learn more about the coronavirus’s origins.

The paper also contains a large number of recommendations for further research that could shed more insight on the origins of Covid-19.

 

They include gathering information on the virus’s earliest cases in Wuhan, China, as well as conducting additional research on the Wuhan livestock market, which was recognised early on as a possible site for the virus’s spread to people.

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A lab leak was deemed “very implausible” in the 2021 assessment, with the most feasible scenario being a spillover from animals. Both explanations remained credible, according to a later US intelligence study, but it tilted toward natural causes.

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