(31 Mar 2021)
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General
of the World Health Organization (WHO), has called for further
studies into the source of the ongoing global COVID19 pandemic.
Dr. Tedros’ comments come after the report of the
international team on their Wuhan field visit, from 14 January to
10 February, was published on Tuesday.
The report stems from a Member State resolution
adopted by consensus at the World Health Assembly in May 2020 and
calling on WHO “to identify the zoonotic source of the virus and
the route of introduction to the human population, including the
possible role of intermediate hosts, including through efforts
such as scientific and collaborative field missions”.
In remarks to Member States, Dr. Tedros, who
received the full report over the weekend, thanked the team for
their tireless work. He said it advances our understanding in
important ways, while raising questions that will need to be
addressed by further studies, as noted in the report.
“As far as WHO is concerned, all hypotheses remain
on the table. This report is a very important beginning, but it is
not the end. We have not yet found the source of the virus, and we
must continue to follow the science and leave no stone unturned as
we do,” said Dr. Tedros. “Finding the origin of a virus takes time
and we owe it to the world to find the source so we can
collectively take steps to reduce the risk of this happening
again. No single research trip can provide all the answers.”
The full 120-page report can be downloaded in .pdf format
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