Moscow. October 13. INTERFAX.RU – The World Health Organization (WHO) released on Wednesday a list of 26 scientists who will study potentially dangerous new pathogens and work to prevent pandemics in the future, they will also study the coronavirus COVID-19, according to the WHO website.
“We are very pleased with the group of experts selected and look forward to working with them to make the world a safer place,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus.
He noted that the emergence of new viruses is a natural process, and SARS-CoV-2 will not be the last. According to Gebreyesus, research into the sources of emergence of new pathogens is necessary to prevent future outbreaks of infections with epidemic and pandemic potential.
The coronavirus COVID-19 was first recorded in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019 and then began to spread around the world. A few months later, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a coronavirus pandemic.
Most scientists initially believed that COVID-19 was a zoonotic virus. It is assumed that it could be transmitted to humans from bats. To determine the source of the coronavirus, WHO has initiated a special investigation. To this end, in early February 2021, a WHO expert group visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The visit report concluded that a virus leak from the institute's laboratory was “highly unlikely.” Many Western countries disagreed with the results of this investigation.
China has repeatedly opposed WHO's calls for additional investigations in the country to establish the source of origin of COVID-19.