WHO Advisory Group Says More Investigation Is Needed on COVID Origins

WHO Scientists Say More Investigation Is Needed on COVID Origins

Disease ORIGIN Update – WHO Advisors Still Seeking Answers

(RepublicanPress.org) – The World Health Organization (WHO) sent a team of scientists to China in early 2021 to investigate the root source of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). The group released its findings in early 2021, but its report presented more questions than answers. In October 2021, the WHO established the Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO), including the coronavirus. It recently indicated more investigation is needed to determine the exact cause of the outbreak — and didn’t rule out the possibility of the controversial lab leak theory.

On June 9, SAGO released its first preliminary report to the WHO detailing its ongoing work. The panel’s executive summary stated that “key pieces of data” necessary for a “complete understanding” of COVID’s origin aren’t available yet.

The report said the current epidemiological data suggest COVID’s “ancestral strains… have a zoonotic origin,” meaning the virus originated in animals and later spread to people. Scientists identified the coronavirus’ closest genetic match to cases found in Rhinolophus bats in China in 2013 and neighboring Laos in 2020.

Additionally, early investigations suggest a Wuhan, China, seafood market played a vital role in the spread of the pandemic in late 2019. However, the source of COVID-19 and its manner of introduction into the market remains unclear.

The WHO’s Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, sent letters to China’s Premier Li Keqiang and Health Minister Ma Xiaowei in February requesting information regarding the current status of the investigation of the earliest suspected cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan and the results of traceback studies. Ghebreyesus also asked for the results of the blood serum testing of 2019 biological samples and exposed workers from farms that supplied Wuhan markets.

The report concluded the theory that SARS-CoV-2 escaped from a laboratory remained “extremely unlikely.” But, the panel did recommend further study to evaluate all possibilities, pointing out that the theory is not off the table.

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