China Shared Findings Before WHO Experts Share Their Report
China shared its findings with foreign diplomats in the country before the scientists from World Health Organization begin interviewing people from research institutes, hospitals and the seafood market linked to the initial outbreak.
Claiming that the virus may have spread to Wuhan in four ways, Chinese officials suggested that the probability of leaving the laboratory is very low. China has strongly opposed criticism of western countries that Beijing’s research is “not independent, but political”.
Speaking at the meeting attended by the representatives of nearly 50 countries in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry official Yang Tao said, “Our goal is to show that we are open and transparent. China has tackled the epidemic transparently, it has nothing to hide.”.
Feng Zijian, Deputy Director of the China Infectious Diseases Prevention and Control Center, stated that they are focusing on 4 possibilities that could cause the spread of the virus from Wuhan and listed them as follows:
“A bat carrying the virus transmitted it to a human”, “the bat infected an intermediate mammal that spread it to a human”, “cold or frozen food shipments”, “It came from a laboratory researching viruses in Wuhan”.
Chinese experts agreed that “the bat will infect an intermediate mammal that spreads it to a human” and “shipments of cold or frozen food” should be considered as the most likely.
Feng Zijian added that the probability of the virus spreading from a laboratory is considered the lowest option.
It is reported that the World Health Organization, which has visited China a while ago, is about to complete its final report, which is expected to reach approximately 400 pages.
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