It is not easy to trace the source of the virus, and to remove the “political virus” requires multiple efforts

The WHO International Group of Experts on Novel Coronavirus Traceability visited China recently to conduct joint scientific research cooperation with Chinese scientists on Novel Coronavirus Traceability.
At the end of the trip, the joint expert group held a press conference in Wuhan on September 9.
At the meeting, the head of the panel, Ambalek, confirmed that the claim of a laboratory virus leak was highly unlikely and that it would not be studied in the future.
At the same time, the joint panel concluded that the South China seafood market may not have been the first site of the outbreak, and there was no evidence that the epidemic had spread in Wuhan before December 2019.

▲ On February 9, the China-WHO Joint Expert Group on New Coronavirus Traceability held a press conference in Wuhan, China, to report the joint work on the part of Novel Coronavirus Traceability in China.
The picture shows Chinese and foreign experts of the Joint Expert Group stepping into the press conference.
(Photo courtesy of China News Service)

This conclusion clears China’s hand.
Since the outbreak of a new epidemic in Wuhan at the end of 2019, “novel coronavirus was made in Wuhan and leaked by a laboratory” and “China should be responsible for the epidemic” have been in the air for a while. Trump has even threatened to claim compensation from China.
This trend of stigmatization of China not only affects China’s image abroad, but also directly leads to racial discrimination, verbal abuse, provocative behavior and even violent attacks in the countries where overseas Chinese live, making their lives even more difficult.

The WHO team’s visit to Wuhan has attracted much attention.
Tracing the source of a virus is not just for curiosity; more importantly, it is important for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.
Only by finding the source of the virus and understanding how the pathogen evolved into a virus that causes disease in humans can we answer the question of whether the virus will come back and, as we all know, whether it will come back.
On the other hand, although the vaccine is available, countries are carrying out large-scale vaccination, but the frequent emergence of mutated viruses, the effectiveness of the vaccine is questioned.
It also reminds people that if we want to fundamentally understand and defeat the virus, we still need to start from the source of the virus and understand its pathogenic principles.

But this is easier said than done.
Tracing the virus is a complicated scientific problem that takes a long time and is uncertain.
In history, many diseases, such as AIDS and SARS, have made great progress in the exploration of their source, but they are still going on today.
There is growing evidence that novel coronavirus may have appeared in the West Coast of the United States, Milan, Italy, Barcelona, Spain, and Colma, eastern France, before December 2019, suggesting that the virus may not have originated in a single source, but in multiple outbreaks around the world.
This makes the task of tracing the origin of novel coronavirus more difficult and complex.

At present, the investigation in Wuhan has ended, but for the work of tracing the origin of novel coronavirus, Wuhan trip is not the end, but should be the starting point.
WHO experts still need to travel to these countries to carry out tracing studies to find the true source of the virus.
Previous experience has shown that the first reported outbreak is not necessarily where the virus originated.
The first case of the “Spanish flu” that caused a global pandemic more than a century ago is likely not to have been in Spain but to have been contracted by a cook in a military camp in Kansas.
Michael Ryan, director of the WHO’s health emergency programme, also said the team’s work in Wuhan was just a few small pieces of a huge jigsaw puzzle.
Now that the first piece of the puzzle is in place, it’s time to add the other pieces.

Worryingly, there are a number of human factors interfering with the already difficult task of tracing the virus, politicizing what is a purely scientific issue.
The State Department held a press conference shortly after the WHO panel released its findings in Wuhan. Not only did it reject the WHO’s findings, but it also vehemently denounced the WHO’s experts, suggesting they were “irrational.”
The White House secretary general also made it clear that he would not accept it, saying the WHO data would be checked against America’s own intelligence.
These doubts and doubts cast a shadow over the next step of tracing the source, making it twice as difficult.

Today is the last day of the Gengzi Year in the Chinese lunar calendar.
Looking back on the year of the pandemic, there are some scenes reminiscent of Hollywood doomsday movies: the fate of humanity is being tested as an unprecedented plague spreads across the globe.
It’s just that the heart-wrenching storyline of putting aside their differences and coming together to fight an epidemic, which is common in blockbusters, rarely happens in the real world.
In the face of the epidemic, some countries, instead of actively responding to the epidemic, are Mired in internal party rivalries and internal battles, and are busy “dumping blame” on other countries and competing for vaccines abroad. They are full of petty plans, but have no sense of responsibility and righteousness.
This also makes the global fight against the epidemic more difficult.
In some ways, a “political virus” is no less harmful than a novel coronavirus.
While people are trying their best to eliminate novel coronavirus, they also need to be alert to the harmful effects of “political virus”.

For more than a year, the New World epidemic has caused untold losses of life and property to countries around the world.
I hope that in the coming year of adversity and uchiness, politics will be replaced by politics and science by science, and people will put unity and anti-epidemic efforts into practice, so as to sweep the epidemic into the dust of history at an early date.

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