July 6, 2022

WHO to acknowledge all hypotheses on Covid-19 origins: Tedros

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The World Health Organization (WHO) team has been investigating the origins of Covid-19 virus, with a visit to the China’s Wuhan where the outbreak was first detected. A preliminary report will be released in the upcoming week, stated WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday.

Tedros said the visit to Wuhan has been a crucial scientific exercise, further adding that they are leaving it open and will acknowledge all the hypotheses and will process further investigation, analysis and studies regarding the same.

While briefing the media, Tedros said, “Some questions have been raised as to whether the hypotheses have been discarded. Having spoken with some members of the team, I wish to confirm that all hypotheses remain open and require further analysis and studies.”

Tedros further added, “This has been a very important scientific exercise in very difficult circumstances. The expert team is working on a summary report which will be hope will be published next week, and the full final report will be published in the coming weeks.”

Alongside, the WHO chief revealed the expert team may not be able to search for all the questions to the answers, however, the mission led to a comprehensive understanding of the initial days of the outbreak.

Tedros stated, “We have also said that this mission would not find all the answers, but it has added important information that takes us closer understanding the origins of the virus. The mission achieved a better understanding of the early days of the pandemic and identified areas for further analysis and research.”

After a twelve day visit to Wuhan, to investigate the origins of Covid-19, a WHO team had released a report earlier in the week ruling out the ‘lab-leak theory’. With which, the United States has been vocal about further scrutinizing the data collected by WHO team which released the reports of the virus not originating in any laboratory of China.

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