After the World Health Organization (WHO) expert group arrived in China, the World Health Organization held an executive committee meeting on January 18. The United States asked China to hand over information documents related to the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), and China emphasized to stop political pressure .
The United States insists that the new crown virus originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, and has a fierce diplomatic dispute with China due to the origin of the virus. The picture shows the South China Seafood Market in Wuhan, Hubei, which has been closed on January 8, 2020. This is also the place where the new crown virus was first discovered in China. (AFP)
According to a report by Agence France-Presse on January 18, the World Health Organization’s 148th Executive Committee (EB) held a video meeting from January 18 to January 26. Public health agencies in various countries focused on effective epidemic prevention, vaccine distribution, and epidemic review. issue. When discussing the agenda for preventing and responding to public health emergencies, representatives from many countries spoke about the World Health Organization’s international expert team’s visit to China for the traceability of the new coronavirus, expressing concern about the transparency of this work.
Garrett Grigsby, director of the Office of Global Affairs of the U.S. Department of Health, said that since the member states of the World Health Organization unanimously passed a resolution in May 2020, demanding that the source of the epidemic be investigated as soon as possible. Eight months have passed since the investigation team finally Arrived in China. However, only if the Chinese authorities hand over the information in their hands, can they find out the results.
Grisby pointed out that this information includes viral gene sequencing of the Wuhan South China Seafood Market outbreak, results of animal experiments, experiments and serums that can be traced back to 2019, and allowed the investigation team to have access to medical care, patients, and experiments. personnel. He also emphasized that with the continuous emergence of mutant viruses, it is very important for scientists around the world to openly and instantly share information such as virus gene sequencing and samples.
The World Health Organization expert team arrived in China and has already begun work:
In addition, Grisby publicly thanked the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico for sharing information about the variant virus in an “real-time, open, detailed, and transparent” manner.
Austrian Ambassador to Geneva, Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, speaking on behalf of the European Union, pointed out that the World Health Organization is a scientific organization for global health. Investigation and understanding of the origin of the virus will enable the world to better control and respond to this pandemic and future Health threats. The European Union believes that the international expert group is finally allowed to travel to China and cooperate with China to conduct an investigation. The European Union attaches great importance to this investigation, stressing that the investigation needs to be transparent, it also needs to enter relevant locations to obtain data, and requires the World Health Organization to regularly report progress.
Compared with the worsening of the epidemic situation in the United States and Europe, the “popular sea” scene has reappeared in various parts of China (click the large image to browse):
The representative of Australia mentioned that the international expert group had arrived in China and looked forward to receiving relevant information. Australia values transparency and requested the World Health Organization to report on this regularly.
In his speech, the representative of China praised the World Health Organization for its unremitting efforts in response to the epidemic and believed that the World Health Organization’s response work was fruitful. Emphasize that since the outbreak of the epidemic, China has released epidemic information in an open, transparent and responsible manner. Regarding the tracing of the source of the new coronavirus, it pointed out that scientific research has its own laws and scientific requirements. Scientists should agree on specific tasks, trust scientists, and “stop political pressure outside of science.”