COVID-19: WHO to send a team to China next week.

The WHO is sending a team to China next week in connection with the search for the origin of the virus that sparked the global pandemic.

The organisation has been pressing China since early May to invite its experts to help investigate the animal origins of the coronavirus.

The Director-general opening remarks on the media briefing on 29th June 2020 on covid -19 :

Tomorrow marks six months since WHO received the first reports of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause in China.

The six-month anniversary of the outbreak coincides with reaching 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths.

This is a moment for all of us to reflect on the progress we have made and the lessons we have learned, and to recommit ourselves to doing everything we can to save lives.

Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world – and our lives – would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus.

The pandemic has brought out the best and the worst of humanity.

All over the world, we have seen heartwarming acts of resilience, inventiveness, solidarity and kindness.

But we have also seen concerning signs of stigma, misinformation and the politicization of the pandemic.

For the past six months, WHO and our partners have worked relentlessly to support all countries to prepare for and respond to this new virus.

We will be sending a team next week to China to prepare for that and we hope that that will lead into understanding how the virus started.”

Although he did not specify the make-up of the team, nor what specifically their mission would consist of, but we hope for the best.

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