(Geneva) In search of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday called on all countries, and especially China, in which a laboratory leak is suspected to be suspected to publish “all data on the virus”.
Posted on Aug 12, 2021 at 2:50 pm Updated at 4:22 pm
“Especially in order to address ‘the laboratory hypothesis’, it is important to have access to all raw data in order to take into account best scientific practices,” said the WHO in a statement, emphasizing that China had indicated that the WHO was acting under political guidelines Pressure on studies on the origin of the coronavirus.
“Share data and allow samples to be re-examined […] is nothing more than what we urge all countries, including China, to support so that we can move quickly and effectively into investigating the origins (of the pandemic), ”added WHO.
For Peter Embarek, head of the delegation of international scientists sent by the organization to China to determine the origin of COVID-19, the virus from a laboratory in Wuhan, the Chinese city, is the first cases in late 2019 were discovered, leaked. is one of the “likely” assumptions.
“An employee (of a laboratory) who became infected in the field while taking a sample falls under one of the probable hypotheses. Here the virus passes directly from bats to humans, ”he told the Danish public broadcaster TV2.
In a documentary entitled “The Secret of the Virus – A Dane Seeking the Truth in China”, which was broadcast on the Danish broadcaster on Thursday, the scientist was very critical of Beijing.
According to him, it was difficult for his team to discuss this theory with Chinese scientists.
The WHO delegation has been given permission to visit two laboratories doing research on bats. During those visits, “we were given a presentation, we could talk and ask the questions we wanted to ask, but we had no way of looking at records,” he said.
He added that none of the bats in the Wuhan area live in the wild and that the only people who are likely to have approached the bats suspected of harboring the virus that caused Sars-Cov-2 are Employees of the municipal laboratories are.
The “laboratory hypothesis”
In its press release, the WHO said on Thursday evening that “it is important to have access to all raw data in order to be able to test” the laboratory hypothesis “.
She added that analyzing and improving security protocols in all laboratories around the world “is important for our collective security in China as well.”
The organization insists that knowing how the COVID-19 epidemic began is “of vital importance”. “Access to data should by no means be a political issue.”
Based on “what we have already learned, the next round of studies will include a review of the raw data on the first cases and the first potential cases in 2019,” the organization added.
He called on all countries to overcome their differences and to work together “to provide all the data and all the necessary access so that the next round of studies can begin as soon as possible”.
The pandemic has killed at least 4.3 million people, according to a count made by the AFP from official sources.
However, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to COVID-19, the WHO estimates that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times greater.