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WHO consultants’ staff tasked to probe origins of coronavirus to go to China on January 14

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Image Source : AP WHO consultants’ staff tasked to probe origins of coronavirus to go to China on January 14
China stated on Monday {that a} group of consultants from the WHO is because of arrive within the nation on Thursday to probe the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, ending the uncertainty and delay which drew sharp criticism from the world well being physique. Experts from the WHO will conduct a discipline go to to China on January 14, the state-run CGTN quoted China’s National Health Commission as saying in a report.
The staff’s go to to China, particularly to Wuhan the place the virus first emerged in December final yr, has grow to be a bone of competition as Beijing, which questions the widely-held view concerning the virus’ origins in Wuhan, had delayed granting permission the 10-member staff of consultants.
On January 9, Zeng Yixin, the deputy head of the National Health Commission (NHC) informed the media right here that the precise time of the staff’s arrival in Wuhan was nonetheless underneath negotiations.
China and the World Health Organization (WHO) have reached a consensus on particular preparations of the investigation with 4 video conferences, Zeng stated.
Once the WHO consultants full their procedures and finalise the schedule, Chinese consultants will go to Wuhan with them to conduct the investigation, Zeng stated.
Monday’s affirmation got here after WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is usually accused of being pro-China, in a uncommon occasion of criticism had expressed disappointment over Beijing not finalising the mandatory permissions for the consultants’ staff’s arrival.
“I’m very disappointed with this news, given that two members had already begun their journeys and others were not able to travel at the last minute, but had been in contact with senior Chinese officials,” he stated.
Tedros stated he “made it clear” that the mission was a precedence for the UN well being company and it was desirous to get it “underway as soon as possible”.

The delay by China to finalise the go to fuelled issues that Beijing was obstructing international efforts to hint the origins of COVID-19.
Reacting to Tedros feedback, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying had stated: “there might be some misunderstanding on this”.
China has been proactively questioning the widely-held view that the lethal outbreak broke out in a moist market in Wuhan the place stay animals, birds and reptiles are offered and unfold to people. The market remained closed and sealed since early final yr.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated in a latest interview with the official media that China “raced against time” and was the primary nation to report coronavirus circumstances to the world.
“More and more research suggests that the pandemic was likely to have been caused by separate outbreaks in multiple places in the world,” he stated.
In May final yr, the World Health Assembly (WHA) – the governing physique of the 194-member states of the WHO – authorised a decision to arrange an unbiased inquiry to conduct an “impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation” of the worldwide response, in addition to that of the WHO.
It additionally requested the WHO to analyze the “supply of the virus and the route of introduction to the human inhabitants”. 
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