The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that its new advisory group on dangerous pathogens could be “our last chance” to determine the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and called for China’s cooperation. .
Maria van Kerkhove, WHO technical officer for COVID-19, expressed hope that there would be other WHO-led international missions in China that would require its cooperation. Reports from China testing for antibodies present in Wuhan residents in 2019 will be “absolutely critical” to understanding the origins of the virus, she said.
Mike Ryan, the WHO’s foremost emergency expert, told the press conference that this may be the last chance to establish the origin of SARS-CoV-2, “a virus that has stopped our whole world “.