lørdag 30. januar 2021

EXPLAINER: How experts will hunt for COVID origins in China

After a two-week quarantine, the real work can begin. Maybe. A World Health Organization team of researchers has emerged from their hotel for the first time since their arrival in the central Chinese city of Wuhan to start searching for clues into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The visit has been shrouded in secrecy: The WHO tweeted Thursday a few details of what they will do, but it’s unknown how much access China will give the researchers to the sites they want to visit and the people they want to talk to. Scientists hope that information on the earliest known cases of the new coronavirus — which was first identified in Wuhan — will help them better understand where it came from and prevent similar pandemics in the future.