Scientists call for pandemic investigations to focus on wildlife trade

Scientists call for pandemic investigations to focus on wildlife trade
Source: Nature



China’s wildlife trade should be thoroughly investigated as part of efforts to uncover the origin of the coronavirus pandemic, say researchers. The call comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) is sending scientists to China this weekend, ahead of plans for a larger international research team to probe the pandemic’s origin.

“The mission objective is to advance the understanding of animal hosts for COVID-19 and ascertain how the disease jumped between animals and humans,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director-general, at a press briefing on 7 July.

The team will work closely with officials and the scientific community in China to decide what kind of investigations are needed and where, said Michael Ryan, director of the WHO’s emergencies programme. He said a good place to start is in Wuhan, where the first clusters of atypical pneumonia emerged.




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