UNITED NATIONS: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for further studies after the release of an inconclusive report on an international team’s recent field visit to Wuhan, China to conduct research on the origins of the novel coronavirus, citing difficulties accessing raw data.
“In my discussions with the team, they expressed the difficulties they encountered in accessing raw data,” WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said after the official release of the report on the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus after the visit from Jan 14-Feb 10.
The investigation was ordered by the World Health Assembly, the WHO’s highest decision-making body, in May 2020 “to identify the zoonotic source” of the virus thought to have jumped from animals to humans.
“This report is a very important beginning, but it is not the end. We have not yet found the source of the virus, and we must continue to follow the science and leave no stone unturned as we do,” Tedros said in Geneva.
He welcomed the findings of the 34-member team, which in January, visited the Chinese city of Wuhan where the first cases of the then new coronavirus came to light at the end of 2019.