The WHO hopes its new panel can determine the origin of COVID-19. Some experts are skeptical – CBC

The WHO hopes its new panel can determine the origin of COVID-19. Some experts are skeptical – CBC

by tmnationtalk on October 19, 202130 Views

WHO report released earlier this year criticized by Canada, U.S.

Oct 19, 2021

An “imbalanced” group of experts and China’s resistance to co-operate means the World Health Organization’s new panel is unlikely to determine whether the origin of COVID-19 can be found in nature or traced to a lab leak, some experts suggest.

The WHO announced last week it had formed a new advisory group to to look into the origins of emerging and re-emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential, including COVID-19.

Called the Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO), the 26-member proposed panel includes four members who took part in a WHO-led team that spent four weeks in and around Wuhan earlier this year with Chinese scientists.

Alina Chan, a Canadian molecular biologist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, said she doesn’t have much faith in it.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/who-panel-covid-lab-leak-1.6210964

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