WHO criticised for major delays in COVID-19 origins investigation

Published on January 15, 2021 by

The World Health Organization has faced heavy criticism on social media for months of delays in getting its team to China to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 10 virologists and other scientists – who will spend around a month in the Chinese city of Wuhan – where COVID-19 first emerged over a year ago – were earlier this month stopped from entering the country over “visa clearance issues”.

A number of people on Twitter were less than hopeful about the outcome of the investigation following the delays.

The team arrived in the wake of news mainland China was experiencing a fresh outbreak of the virus, recording 138 new COVID-19 cases two days ago – the highest jump in cases since March – and the first COVID-19 death in eight months.

There were no details provided about the latest death from Chinese authorities other than the case was detected in Hebei province where new lockdowns have since been imposed.

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