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WHO investigation into Chinese origins of coronavirus may not include Wuhan visit
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The World Health Organization this week will send experts to China to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic following months of discussions.
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However, the investigating team may not visit Wuhan, where the virus was first detected back in 2019. China’s government strictly controlled domestic research into the origins of the virus, while state-owned media pushed theories that the virus originated elsewhere, according to the Associated Press.
Efforts to closely guard information surrounding the virus and its origins may have led to delayed warnings about the pandemic and difficulties establishing early testing capabilities.
“It’s very important that as the WHO is in the lead in fighting the pandemic, that it also has a leading role in trying to look back at the roots of this pandemic so we can be better prepared for the next one,” U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.