WHO forms new group to study Covid origin
The World Health Organisation formed a new advisory group to determine the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This is the second time that the global health body is putting together a team to put to rest speculations and theories that surround the genesis of the coronavirus. International teams have already visited China twice for this purpose.
- The report of the first phase of investigation listed four possible scenarios pertaining to the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- The WHO report concluded that the virus possibly made its way to the human population through direct zootonic transmission.
- It further said that introduction through an intermediate host or through the cold food chain products is also likely.
- It cited introduction through a laboratory incident as the least likely of all possible pathways.
- The sole Indian on the team is epidemiologist and Padma Shri-winner Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar.
- For months, countries around the world, including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, have called for thorough studies into the origin of the virus, including the lab leak theory.