On Monday, the World Health Organization, WHO criticized opponents of its inquiry into the roots of the Covid-19 pandemic. It urged those who claimed to know better about the smoking gun to come forward.
In Wuhan, China, there’s a WHO investigation team. This is the location where, in December 2019, the first reports were identified. The team is trying to figure out how the virus transferred from animals to humans before more than two million people were killed.
Emergency Director Michael Ryan of the UN agency hit out at those shooting back at the project, saying that people pretending to have knowledge about how the pandemic spread out should come from the dark.
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“If you have the answers… please let us know,” Ryan told a press conference from the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva.
Beijing is ready to concentrate on its recovery from the outbreak. The team visited a propaganda show praising Chinese recovery from the Wuhan pandemic on Saturday.
Ryan replied to a query that referred to Antony Blinken, the current US Secretary of State. He told NBC previously on Monday that China was falling “far short of the mark”
“China has to step up and make sure that it is being transparent, that it is providing information and sharing information, that it is giving access to international experts and inspectors,” Blinken said.
“The team in the field deserved international support, and in the meantime. It’s time for people who say and think they have information to start providing it. It’s a detective story”. Ryan said.
The Wuhan expert team has now begun on-the-spot investigations, especially visiting the Huanan seafood market. Here, one of the first recorded infection clusters appeared. They are also visiting the hospital where early patients were diagnosed and kept.
Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical leader for Covid-19, said the team would tour the Virology Institute of Wuhan.
“The team is having very productive discussions with Chinese counterparts, visiting different hospitals around Wuhan”, Van Kerkhove said.
“They had a very good visit to the market, seeing first-hand the stalls and walking through. They will visit the Institute of Virology. That is being planned,” she added.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, meanwhile, said it was ‘encouraging’ that the worldwide number of reported cases of coronavirus has now fallen.
“It shows this virus can be controlled, even with the new variants in circulation. However, we have been here before”, he warned.
“Over the past year, there have been moments in almost all countries when cases declined, and governments opened up too quickly and individuals let down their guard, only for the virus to come roaring back.”