The WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that the origin report of the COVID-19 virus still remains inconclusive. 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. But the WHO chief was clear that overall, it raises “further questions that will need to be addressed by further studies, as the team itself notes in the report,
Tedros welcomed the recommendations for further studies to understand the earliest human cases and clusters, and to trace animals sold at markets in and around Wuhan, but “the role of animal markets is still unclear.”
The team confirmed there had been widespread contamination in the large market of Huanan but could not determine the source of this contamination.
“Again, I welcome the recommendations for further research, including a full analysis of the trade in animals and products in markets across Wuhan, particularly those linked to early human cases”, he said.
He agreed that farmers, suppliers and their contacts should be interviewed, and th
He agreed that farmers, suppliers and their contacts should be interviewed, and that more study was needed to identify what role “farmed wild animals may have played in introducing the virus to markets in Wuhan and beyond.
at more study was needed to identify what role “farmed wild animals may have played in introducing the virus to markets in Wuhan and beyond.