China confirmed today that the team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) in charge of investigating the origins of coronavirus fly next Thursday, January 14, to the central-eastern city of Wuhan from Singapore.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian reported today at a press conference that the team of the who start your journey in Wuhan, the city in which the first cases of covid began to be registered just over a year ago.
Zhao, cited by the state agency XinhuaHe added that the team – made up of scientists from various organizations from the United States, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Vietnam, Germany and Qatar – “cooperate” with local scientists in the investigations.
However, Zhao did not elaborate or clarify whether the members of the who They will have to quarantine upon arrival in China, as reported yesterday by the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post.
The arrival of the team caused polemic in recent weeks after the CEO of the who, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, claimed to be “very disappointed“because of the obstacles that Beijing was putting up the mission, although the Chinese authorities denied they were impeding it.
The Ethiopian had continually praised Beijing for his collaboration in the pandemic throughout 2020, something that earned him harsh criticism in West, especially by U.S, whose government has repeatedly accused China of being to blame for the global spread of the coronavirus.
The objective of the mission is to find the possible animal origin of the SARS-CoV-2 and its transmission channels to the human being; Although the initial theory is that it spread through a market for fresh products and animals in Wuhan, the official Chinese press has promoted an alternative narrative in recent months that assures that this outbreak could be due to frozen food from other countries. passes.