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WHO experts ask China for animal data from Wuhan market

The World Health Organization’s Scientific Advisory Group on Dangerous Emerging Pathogens (SAGO) asked China for data on bushmeat trade in the Wuhan market in January 2020, before the outbreak of coronavirus. The statement released by the group is reported by TASS.

Previously, it became known about the WHO expert meeting on dangerous pathogens. He was summoned following news that China first published and then deleted information on biomaterial samples taken from the Wuhan market in late January 2020. The infectious have suggested that this could be due to the detection of animal DNA in some samples, including those that are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2. These include wild raccoon dogs, bamboo rats and the Malayan porcupine.

According to experts, the results of these tests help identify intermediate hosts of the coronavirus and potential sources of infection in the market.

Earlier, FBI Director Christopher Wray cited a Wuhan lab leak as the most likely cause for the start of the pandemic. In response, on March 6, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning announced China’s support for an objective international investigation into the causes of the pandemic. She noted that Beijing had provided more information about what happened than anyone. At the same time, the United States did not provide the experts with any significant data on this issue.

A joint report by WHO and China published in March 2021 said the most likely option for the “birth” of COVID-19 is the disease transition from bats to another animal that has infected. people. But so far, experts have not decided how the virus entered the Wuhan market. So far, disputes over its possible laboratory origin have not gone away.

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