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WHO team to China to consult with Chinese side on virus trace work: epidemiologist

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WHO team to China to consult with Chinese side on virus trace work: epidemiologist

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks at a daily briefing in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Li Ye/Xinhua) The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to send a team to China next week to prepare to identify the source of coronavirus, and Chinese experts believe the team should hold discussions with the Chinese side on how to conduct the work globally and fairly, noting that the visit does not mean the virus originated in China.

We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference on Monday.

"We will be sending a team next week to China to prepare for that and we hope that that will lead into understanding how the virus started and what we can do for the future to prepare," he said. He did not specify who will be in the team, nor what their specific mission will be.

Zeng Guang, chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Global Times on Tuesday that although the exact arrangements for the WHO team are unknown, the team should communicate with Chinese experts on the preparation work to scientifically identify the source of the coronavirus and how the identification work should be conducted, and the team should also listen to Chinese experts’ opinions on it.

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It’s not an easy job, and a great deal of preparation must be made, such as discussing the technical methods to research and identify the source, Zeng said.

"Identifying the source of the coronavirus must be based on negotiations and involve multiple countries," Zeng […]

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