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Covid: WHO team probing origin of virus arrives in China

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After over a year of fierce rebuffs the WHO is finally allowed to investigate the source. Contrary to the popular Chinese spin they have no interest in Ft Detrick or any other place in the US. :rolleyes1:


The long-awaited probe comes after months of negotiations between the WHO and Beijing.

A group of 10 scientists is set to interview people from research institutes, hospitals and the seafood market linked to the initial outbreak.
Covid-19 was first detected in Wuhan in central China in late 2019.
The team's arrival on Thursday morning coincides with a resurgence of new coronavirus cases in the north of the country, while life in Wuhan is relatively back to normal.

They will undergo two weeks of quarantine before beginning their research, which will rely upon samples and evidence provided by Chinese officials.
Team leader Peter Ben Embarek told AFP news agency just before the trip that it "could be a very long journey before we get a full understanding of what happened".
"I don't think we will have clear answers after this initial mission, but we will be on the way," he said.

The probe, which aims to investigate the animal origin of the pandemic, looks set to begin after some initial hiccups.

Unwelcome arrival

China resisted this investigation because it doesn't want to look back. It sees the potential for more blame, from a group of foreigners. It has its official version of what happened already.

The government paper published months ago declared "victory" in the war against the virus. But it didn't have a verdict - not one it made public anyway - on where the new coronavirus came from nor how it passed to humans. There's been global pressure to answer that, to prevent repeat pandemics.

The WHO team will be heavily reliant on their Chinese hosts for access: to key places in Wuhan and beyond, and crucially to research material, human and animal samples and data gathered by China's authorities over the past year. The man leading the WHO team said he is open minded. No theories - and there is a range of theories - are off the table. All sides have talked about the importance of the science. But the investigators arrived here as a propaganda effort, lead by China's state media, is in full swing, to question whether the pandemic originated here in the first place.

Despite a lack of any credible evidence it's reported for months now that it was in Spain, Italy or maybe the US before it was seen in China. A campaign intended to undermine the very reason the WHO is, finally, here in Wuhan.
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Earlier this month the WHO said its investigators were denied entry into China after one member of the team was turned back and another got stuck in transit. But Beijing said it was a misunderstanding and that arrangements for the investigation were still in discussion.

China has been saying for months that the although Wuhan is where the first cluster of cases was detected, it is not necessarily where the virus originated.

Professor Dale Fisher, chair of the global outbreak and response unit at the WHO, told the BBC that he hoped the world would consider this a scientific visit. "It's not about politics or blame but getting to the bottom of a scientific question," he said.

Prof Fisher added that most scientists believed that the virus was a "natural event".
The visit comes as China reports its first fatality from Covid-19 in eight months.
News of the woman's death in northern Hebei province prompted anxious chatter online and the hashtag "new virus death in Hebei" trended briefly on social media platform Weibo.

The country has largely brought the virus under control through quick mass testing, stringent lockdowns and tight travel restrictions.
But new cases have been resurfacing in recent weeks, mainly in Hebei province surrounding Beijing and Heilongjiang province in the northeast.




 
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Time to send investigators to notorious biological weapons labs in the US whose breach is possible due to rogue elements or incompetence.
 

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time to stop eating what you're not supposed and decimating the world's wildlife in the process
Tell that to Western adventurist colonialists as well as to the poor in developing countries such as !ndia.

(Although our own Tsai Yingwen in Taiwan had bat-soup in 2019 when she visited Palau, one of our diplomatic 'allies'):D
 

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Tell that to Western adventurist colonialists as well as to the poor in developing countries such as !ndia.

(Although our own Tsai Yingwen in Taiwan had bat-soup in 2019 when she visited Palau, one of our diplomatic 'allies'):D
ah the good old "but he's doing it too" argument, never thought I'll see it again after 4th grade
 

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ah the good old "but he's doing it too" argument, never thought I'll see it again after 4th grade
You saw it.

You will most likely continue to see as your intellect develops. You will encounter lots of historical-comparative analysis.

Maybe, you will never and this will be your last.
 

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When did the United States open the Fort Detrick base to the World Health Organization for investigation?
Why does American e-cigarette pneumonia only occur in the United States? Why didn't people in other countries use e-cigarettes in this kind of pneumonia?
 

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