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WHO team arrives in Wuhan to search for pandemic origins

WUHAN, China (AP) — A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its...

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A global team of researchers has arrived in the Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected to investigate the origins of the pandemic. There's uncertainly about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries.

WUHAN , China (AP) — A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its...

WUHAN, China (AP) — A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries.

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The 10-member team sent to Wuhan by the World Health Organization was approved by President Xi Jinping’s government after months of diplomatic wrangling that prompted an unusual public complaint by the head of the WHO. They arrived Thursday, state media CGTN reported on Thursday.

Scientists suspect the virus that has killed 1.9 million people since late 2019 jumped to humans from bats or other animals, most likely in China’s southwest. The ruling Communist Party, stung by complaints it allowed the disease to spread, says the virus came from abroad, possibly on imported seafood, but scientists reject that.

ADVERTISEMENTThe WHO team includes virus and other experts from the United States, Australia, Germany, Japan, Britain, Russia, the Netherlands, Qatar and Vietnam.A government spokesman said this week they will “exchange views” with Chinese scientists but gave no indication whether they would be allowed to gather evidence.

They will undergo a two-week quarantine as well as a throat swab test and an antibody test for COVID-19, according to a post on CGTN’s official Weibo account. They are to start working with Chinese experts via video conference while in quarantine.China rejected demands for an international investigation after the Trump administration blamed Beijing for the virus’s spread, which plunged the global economy into its deepest slump since the 1930s.

After Australia called in April for an independent inquiry, Beijing retaliated by blocking imports of Australian beef, wine and other goods.One possibility is that a wildlife poacher might have passed the virus to traders who carried it to Wuhan, one of the WHO team members, zoologist Peter Daszak of the U.S. group EcoHealth Alliance, told the Associated Press in November.

A single visit by scientists is unlikely to confirm the virus’s origins; pinning down an outbreak’s animal reservoir is typically an exhaustive endeavor that takes years of research including taking animal samples, genetic analysis and epidemiological studies.

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“The government should be very transparent and collaborative,” said Shin-Ru Shih, director at the Research Center for Emerging Viral Infections at Taiwan’s Chang Gung University.The Chinese government has tried to stir confusion about the virus’s origin. It has promoted theories, with little evidence, that the outbreak might have started with imports of tainted seafood, a notion rejected by international scientists and agencies.

ADVERTISEMENT“The WHO will need to conduct similar investigations in other places,” an official of the National Health Commission, Mi Feng, said Wednesday.Some of the WHO team were en route to China a week ago but had to turn back after Beijing announced they hadn’t received valid visas.

That might have been a “bureaucratic bungle,” but the incident “raises the question if the Chinese authorities were trying to interfere,” said Adam Kamradt-Scott, a health expert at the University of Sydney.A possible focus for investigators is the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the city where the outbreak began. One of China’s top virus research labs, it built an archive of genetic information about bat coronaviruses after the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

According to WHO’s publishedagendafor its origins research, there are no plans to assess whether there might have been an accidental release of the coronavirus at the Wuhan lab, as some American politicians, including President Donald Trump, have claimed.

A “scientific audit” of Institute records and safety measures would be a “routine activity,” said Mark Woolhouse, an epidemiologist at the University of Edinburgh. He said that depends on how willing Chinese authorities are to share information.“There’s a big element of trust here,” Woolhouse said.

Anfound the government imposed controls on research into the outbreak and bars scientists from speaking to reporters.The coronavirus’s exact origin may never be traced because viruses change quickly, said Woolhouse.Although it may be challenging to find precisely the same COVID-19 virus in animals as in humans, discovering closely related viruses might help explain how the disease first jumped from animals and clarify what preventive measures are needed to avoid future epidemics.

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Scientists should focus instead on making a “comprehensive picture” of the virus to help respond to future outbreaks, Woolhouse said.“Now is not the time to blame anyone,” Shih said. “We shouldn’t say, it’s your fault.”___Wu reported from Taipei, Taiwan.

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WHO is going to investigate? Who investigates the WHO? It’s ridiculous that the United States withdrew from the WHO for fear of being investigated.😁 The wont find anything, CCP already destroyed all evidence and jailed or killed anyone connected NYCNavid AP Headline next week: 'Global team of researchers sent to China to investigate the origins of the pandemic mysteriously 'disappear''

Year too late! Just in time! Same energy as “we investigated ourselves and found no evidence of wrongdoing.” Are they sending archaeologists or virologists ? Narrator: There's no uncertainty. A little late but when you leave the WHO you throw away your influence. Just a reality of this administration's failed policies.

But....but it’s not from there! The Chinese will call for the WHO to be defunded, we have seen first hand what happens if you go sniffing. Wow only one year fucking later. So timely! Is China funding the investigation and choosing who can lead it? China basically paid these people to conduct a farce and give china a certificate that they weren't responsible for the outbreak at all. While we all know what the truth is..

Meanwhile, the cops are just pulling up to investigate the death of princess Diana. LOL the America media loves those Chinese Communists so they'll just cover up the fact that Covid was designed in a lab in Wuhan like we already know... I’m glad to see so many “experts” weighing in on this in the comments. Let’s at least let them try to get some evidence, before we pee all over the proceedings.

Anxiously waiting for official cover-up story of the millennium. Probable outcome would be: 1. coronavirus originated in US and not China - 2. COVID19 originated in wet-market BUT NOT wuhan lab, it's not a bio-agent A year later We know how it started. SouthPark Nothing they find here will be the truth. China has destroyed any evidence that can point to them as well as silenced/gotten rid of anyone who would dare speak against them.vthis is a waste of time at this point

Uhm they are gonna find nothing cause that’s what happens over there EmmeIineRussell a year later?! The Chinese probably destroyed the evidence so you won't find nothing. They want you to be sick. They're heartless. Not sure there's much uncertainty there A day late and lives short! A year later... LOL oh my! why so soon WHO you could have gone some 25 years later rite?

Its too early ! Come next year Wow ... investigator.... 1 year later on crime scene!!! Wow! Ap please shut the ... Taxi for the laboratory! Pretty sure any trace of its origin is FUCKING GONE AFTER A YEAR. why. seriously. why. this is nothing but a waste of money that will help literally nobody. WHY. That's great, wish they would have gone there 12 months ago. I'm sure it wont take long for China to expel them once they start digging around

Took this emasculated woke WHO 1 year, 1 mnth to put some courage together! Slow clap! Gee 🤔 Whats the Hurry... 🤷 Another investigation of nothingness. Why bother when the evidence and research documents have since been purged? Ja ya que borraron todas las pruebas VayaTeatro A global team of researchers has disappeared in the Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected while trying to investigate the origins of the pandemic.

But pretty good evidence that incredibly sexy CCP paid rent boys and girls will be plying their trade in the bars along with the CCP filming teams behind one way mirrors employing liberal use of hypnotics and soporifics like ketamine. Thank u Dr Li Wenliang 'A man's ethical behaviour shd be based effectually on sympathy, education, &social ties&needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man wd indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment&hope of reward after death' Albert Einstein

A bit late now the had plenty of time to cover up Wow. Over a year for the CCP to scrub and sanitize the place. What on earth do they think they are going to find? The WHO to ivestigate the origins of the pandemic? haha Hilarious! You are better off sending in the team of Columbo, Hawaii Five O, Kojak, Starsky and Hutch, Mrs. Fletcher, police woman's S. Anderson, the entire team of 53rd precinct in car 54, Adam 12, Ironside, Cagney & Lacey!

China could have built a brand new a Wuhan city by now! What cover-up?! I hope they brought their swimming trunks! This is laughable One year later...pretty fuckin wonder Trump defunded these idiots. Isn't this shit they should have done a year or 2 ago? I think you meant to say that there is CERTAINTY that Beijing will try to prevent embarrassing discoveries

Did they walk there ? Take your time gents... 1 test later, of course Chinese gov. Save the evidence for you , very carefully, :) This is rather incredible Shame on China that it’s taken so long to get them there. Hope they are at least fully cooperative now. This is laughable, somebody thinks China will be honest about something. What a waste of time and money

Lil too late 🎥 🎬 It's about time, let's hope the Chinese government don't move to block any investigation 🤡🤡🤡 Looks like China can get away w/anything. The trail is ice cold now. How can they be an equal part of the global economy when they won't to work w/the same rules as the rest of us? Remember, Covid-19 is SARS 2.0. Both came from China. We'll be going thru all this shit AGAIN.

Is the team going to endorse whatever China claims from now on? Because even they can’t get any info or evidence for what happened 1yr ago, they are present on site when there’s another breakout going on now. Give you a clue it's not the fish market. wuhaninstituteofvirology Oh please, what are they going to find now? 🙄

Thank u Dr Li Wenliang 'A man's ethical behaviour shd be based effectually on sympathy, education, &social ties&needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man wd indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment&hope of reward after death' Einstein Blame China and I do Wow bit late A little late, OMG 😆

Magically gone now won’t find nothing cover up 👀 Inobjective reporting, a tendency to engage in ideological opposition, and distorted statements. Is this the freedom of speech and press in the western media? It's just disgusting political play. Only a fool would take it seriously. Total hogwash! First they undermined the seriousness of Covid for reasons best known to them and after a year they go to investigate the origins!!

Don't worry, any potentially 'embarrassing discoveries' will have already been covered up... ChinaLiedPeopleDied What virus can we make to depopulate the world quicker 🤔 Just now? A year later? What a joke of an organization they needed to have done this the day of and should’ve already have had known the origins of it being idk a SERIOUS VIRUS, but what do I know huh?

Maybe don’t dip bats in soya sauce? You're joking right It's a clubhouse now. They say in investigations 48 hours can make the difference between solving a case and letting it go cold...they waited 10 months. Like when you get into a car accident and the investigators go to the scene 1 year later to investigate? Yeah, ok. You'd think they would have been there from the start to collect as much data/evidence as possible, but I guess that would make too much sense.

Yeah brilliant, let’s just give it a year to let the dust settle... 12+ months for them to cover all bases. What a farce. only about oh I don't know, a YEAR late China would have done whatever it takes to cover it up, we all know it didn't come from a bat, as people have been eating stuff like that for years over there. Why else would they jail the person that first reported it, it most likely came from a lab.

🤔I feel like this tweet should be from Jan 2020. If only the US had a leader that kept epidemiology crew in China vs end the program. If only we had a President that didn’t accept Chinas word & sent American team there vs praising them for months. 400K dead Americans Wuh done it? Um maybe try the sewer system of Italy and Spain as there's evidence it was there long before the pcr scandal started. Wouldn't trust anything the WHO or WEF put out. Bunch of criminals to say the least

To speed things up it wasn't from bats Well, WHO ain't gonna find nothing. We, all know they're already in the CCP pockets. Whole research team about to disappear LOL - you are all tools Had a year to hide the evidence Try and stop all the wet markets while they’re there. Imagine trying to investigate a crime scene a year later after the suspects, along with their own team of experts have had a year to do whatever they want with the evidence. It's going to be difficult to uncover anything that China doesn't want the investigators to uncover.

Did they major in underwater basket weaving? There is no uncertainty about whether China will try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. 1 year too late to be of much importance Toyota had a floor mat issue, and financial liabilities - whether COVID-19 was incidentally spread, intentional or accidental, the Wuhan area is an historical source of global disruptions that scientists have to understand to secure future risks from spreading. Accountability

They are just there to collect their finally paycheck There's no uncertainty.....they will prevent them FFS Why is everyone pussy footing around when it comes to China It came from the WuhanLab ...the question is was it deliberate or a mistake ChinaVirus Wuhan WorldHealthOrganisation motivation The virus is in the United States, but they go to Chinese to check, it is really stupid. They should check out how the US electronic cigarette lung disease and the more than 60,000 flus in 2019 are going.

They should check out that level 4 lab in Wuhan. It came from there They are in the wrong country! ap low Attach 'The United States has withdrawn from WHO' I hear that they clean the whole market with bleach... There’s uncertainty *how Beijing might try to... I hope they find something of relevance that wasn't already burned in an accidental fire, but i doubt it. too little too late.

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Before the team arrived in China where already fired out over original profile and all data from the virus research institute of 4 that too late! Chinese CCP has already 🍷 and 🍱 WHO they will hide everything They should look for information purging signs chris_grey2 I have trade all different types of platform and it feels like I'm flying blind. It's great to have chris_grey2 That is even higher probability of being positive enterpreneur! So to me he is excellent! I would absolutely recommend you. chris_grey2

Australian prime minister called for this month's ago and looked what happened They can't undo it the world is suffering “Uncertainities” lol Oh, there’s no uncertainty about it. NothingToSeeHere Uncertain? Really? It’ll be Champagne all round then This is communist propaganda. Cage free Why not try honesty?! We need to live in a world where truth exists. Own your shit.

Thelmavrh Oh? Quite interesting. So NOW it’s okay to retweet AP ( part of “MSM”) when facts fit into your paradigm. I shall keep this in mind. really? uncertainty? really? “Uncertainly” says the Chinese sympathizer. more like yea they will. When will the United States be investigated for the source of the virus? After all, you have the most confirmed cases, with more than 390000 deaths! COVID19

Over a year later. I’m sure there is evidence all over the place and nothing got sterilized or destroyed... Spoiler: they will lie and cover-up. LMAO there’s uncertainty? Um no, it’s certain that Beijing will try to cover up as much as possible. That’s the CCP way. ya think? well are we still pretending it start there or nah?

Embarrassing discoveries? P. T. Barnum POTUS has already told us all we need to know about this subject, what more is there to discovery? 🤔 I assume investigations will go as deep as the Chinese government allows them to see, ask or touch Nah bro, there's no uncertainty: CCP is gonna lie their fat asses off.

As if they left any there to be discovered. 🤦does it even matter now? Check out the Bats at those Markets. See if Covid 19 started out as a sexual transmitted disease. The eventual 'sudden disappearance' of the investigators headline will be quickly hidden in the mass of lies being spewed, all in an attempt to kowtow to the CCP. Everyone knows where this came from. Just like everyone knows who the real rioters in the US are.

What embarassing discoveries? Is'nt the situation in US and the western world embarassing enough?🙄 No rush The coronavirus was made by the man. I believe China is behind why they put jail the lady who tell the world about the virus... AP像只苍蝇 Just in time to celebrate the 1 year anniversary. What uncertainty? It IS a certainty that they will do whatever is necessary to make themselves appear blameless.

Why don't you start with the infectious disease laboratories in Wuhan. This doesn't need to be a long investigation. Tantamount to knowing someone is guilty of murder but saying 'we will wait till your ready to come into the station' then giving the killer months to clean up and pretending you can investigate afterwards. It's a joke.

Don't forget to investigate the Russian building fire in September 2019 that contained known Small pox viruses. Those responders were in Wuhan a few weeks later. Nobody ever talks about this. they can find anything? a year has passed since all stared They are a year late. Anyone involved in the outbreak surely has died a convenient death. Nearly a formality to polish the history pages clean. newspeak

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