A pioneer scientist in World Health OrganizationCovid-19 mission to China He said Tuesday that the follow-up trip might be useful to gather more research on the origins of the disease, but it should be separate from any scrutiny of information provided by Beijing.
The comments of Dutch virologist Marion Koopmans followed we On Tuesday, international experts called for permission to assess the source of the coronavirus and the early days of the outbreak in a second phase of the WHO’s investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.
Copmans was part of the WHO-led team that spent four weeks in China earlier this year, and in March, he published a report jointly with Chinese scientists that said the virus may have passed from bats to humans through another animal.
“Admission through a laboratory accident is a highly unlikely pathway,” the report states.
Discussions about the outbreak gained renewed interest this week as US intelligence agencies scrutinize reports that researchers at the Chinese Virology Laboratory in Wuhan were seriously ill in 2019 a month before the first cases of Covid-19 were reported.
US government sources said there was no evidence so far that the disease originated in the laboratory.
Copmans said the team will be keen to conduct additional research in China in a number of areas and is awaiting the results of the WHO discussions.