At the very onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the world had some serious doubts about the way China was handling the situation.
While Beijing did alert the world to the fact that there was a pandemic threat, the amount of information they opted to reveal was horribly low. Once COVID-19 hit Europe, and Italy was storing people’s deceased loved ones in refrigerated trucks, it became apparent that China had grossly misrepresented just how serious the disease was.
And many believed that there was a reason for China’s reticence to admit the truth, as some theorized that a virology lab specializing in bat-borne coronaviruses that was situated near COVID-19’s ground zero may have played a role.
The World Health Organization is now following up on that possibility.
World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus, with one member saying they’d intended to meet key staff and press them on critical issues.
The WHO team’s visit to the Wuhan Institute of Virology was a highlight of their mission to gather data and search for clues as to where the virus originated and how it spread.
“We’re looking forward to meeting with all the key people here and asking all the important questions that need to be asked,” zoologist and team member Peter Daszak said, according to footage run by Japanese broadcaster TBS.
China’s possible culpability in the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the subject of many a heated debate in Washington, but there’s no telling if anything tangible will come of it.
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