Japanese WHO expert voices skepticism on China’s theory ‘virus intruded’ into Beijing from abroad
ANI | Feb 25, 2021, 12:27 IST
TOKYO: A Japanese expert from the World Health Organization (WHO), who visited Wuhan as part of the investigative team to look into the origins of Covid-19, has voiced skepticism on China’s stance that the virus had originally entered the country from abroad through a cold chain.
Speaking in an interview with Kyodo News, Ken Maeda, a veterinary microbiologist at Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases, emphasised the need for an additional investigation into key places in Wuhan.
“The possibility is not so high” that the virus entered Wuhan on frozen-food packages as China claims, said Maeda.
He further said that there was a “perception gap” between the WHO group and its Chinese counterparts.
He further said that “four main hypotheses or groups of hypotheses” have been identified on how the Covid-19 virus might have introduced among humans.
“Our initial findings suggest that introduction through an intermediary host species is the most likely passway and one that will require more studies and more specific targeted research … The findings suggest that a laboratory incident hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus into the human population,” the WHO expert said.
Speaking on the virus got leaked from Wuhan’s institute of virology, Embarek said, “We also looked at Wuhan’s institute of virology … the laboratory and the state of the laboratory, and it was very unlikely that anything could escape from such a place. We also know that lab incidents are, of course, extremely rare.”