The World Health Organization (WHO) will send experts to China next week to study the origin of coronavirus. This was announced on Monday, June 29 by Tedros Adan Ghebrejesus, the organization’s Director-General.
“We can better fight this virus when we know everything about it, including how it started to spread, and we will send a team to China next week to work on it,” he said at a briefing in Geneva.
Gebraeus also noted that this work could lead to an understanding of how the SARS-CoV-2 began to spread and to prepare for future outbreaks.
On June 9, it became known that U.S. scientists found signs of COVID-19 spreading in Wuhan in summer 2019.
Recently, authorities in the U.S. and some European countries have claimed China’s responsibility in the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic. Versions about the artificial origin of the virus are also not ruled out. Beijing categorically rejects the accusation.
In early June, Norwegian vaccinologist Birger Sørensen accused Chinese and American scientists of creating the coronavirus.
Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, began to spread in late December last year. The Chinese city of Wuhan became the centre of the infection. In a few months, the disease has spread to over 210 countries. On 11 March, WHO declared a coronavirus pandemic.