Report on origin of Covid will 'most likely' be published next week: WHO


Published: 2021-03-16 16:54

Last Updated: 2024-06-13 20:35

Source: France 24
Source: France 24

The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that the experts it sent to China to investigate the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic will publish their report, which was prepared with Chinese experts, "most likely" next week, not this week.

"The report is not yet ready," Christian Lindmeier, spokesman for the organization, said during a press statement in Geneva.

"What we hear from the members of the mission is that the report will likely be published next week," he added.

The world is eagerly waiting to read the report's conclusions. The WHO had announced at first that the expert team that stayed for four weeks in Wuhan would quickly publish a preliminary report before the final report. This was abandoned in February, however, without giving clear explanations.

The Director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced March 5 that the report would be published in the week of March 15th, promising to inform Member States of it "before it is published."

In a decision adopted in May 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) was mandated by member states to study the origin of the SARS-Cove-2 virus that causes the Covid-19 epidemic in cooperation with Chinese experts.

The selection of specialists took a lot of time, and international experts who were acclaimed by their counterparts in their various specializations were not able to go to China until January, after long talks between Beijing and the World Health Organization.

"As you know, with all these reports, the more people involved, the more people have an opinion to say," Christian Lindmeier said Tuesday.

"It still has to be finalized. They want to do it right and we are awaiting the final report," he added.

During a long press conference in Wuhan at the end of their mission, WHO experts presented various working hypotheses about how the virus that causes Covid-19 is transmitted from animal to human.

Experts believe that the hypothesis of transmission of Corona infection through an intermediate animal such as a bat, ferret, rabbit or something else, is "most likely."

In Wuhan, experts mistakenly excluded the hypothesis of the virus outbreak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as the administration of former US President Donald Trump claimed.

But the Director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, confirmed at a later time that "all hypotheses are still on the table" regarding the origin of the Covid-19 epidemic.