WHO specialists will go to China to look for source of coronavirus
- 16 December 2020
World Health Organization (WHO) specialists will go to China to look for the source of the coronavirus, said expedition participant Fabian Lendertz, APA reports citing Associated Press.
According to him, the experts are likely to travel to Wuhan, where the virus was first reported. The scientist noted that the WHO mission does not intend to find out who is to blame for the spread of the epidemic. Lendertz stressed that they will try to understand what happened and how this information can be used to prevent a pandemic in the future.
It is noted that scientists will study samples that were collected even before the epidemic to determine if the virus was circulating before it spread across China. Experts will also visit a seafood market in Wuhan, where the coronavirus may have passed from animal to person.
Earlier, WHO stated that a new strain of SARS coronavirus discovered in the UK -CoV-2, which has been mutated, is more infectious. WHO Special Envoy for the Global Fight against COVID-19 David Nabarro stressed that at the same time this strain is most likely no more dangerous than the others, so radical changes in priorities and methods of fighting the epidemic are not expected because of it.