The level of organization of the Wuhan Institute of Virology is so high that it would be difficult to imagine that a virus could leak from there, determined Vladimir Dedkov, deputy director of the Pasteur Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, one of the members of the World Health Organization (WHO) mission investigating the origin of COVID-19.
“Of course, it was important for our mission to visit that institute, talk with colleagues, see how everything is organized—and it is well organized,” Dedkov said, asserting that “it is difficult to imagine a leak from there.” He affirmed that in theory anything can happen, but that “first, there are no signs, and second, there are no facts that point to a leak, neither direct nor indirect.”
Extremely important meeting today with staff at WIV including Dr Shi Zhengli. Frank, open discussion. Key questions asked & answered. https://t.co/68Ake5gMuW
— Peter Daszak (@PeterDaszak) February 3, 2021
Another member of the delegation, zoologist Peter Daszak, tweeted about the meetings held on Wednesday at the Wuhan Institute of Virology: “Extremely important meeting with WIV staff, including Dr. Shi Zhengli. Open, honest conversation. Key questions asked and answered.”
Very important site visits today – a wholesale market first & Huanan Seafood Market just now. Very informative & critical for our joint teams to understand the epidemiology of COVID as it started to spread at the end of 2019. https://t.co/kERfcHFUOY
— Peter Daszak (@PeterDaszak) January 31, 2021
The WHO team, which includes experts from ten countries, arrived in China on January 14 and underwent the 14-day quarantine as stipulated by the country’s protocol. As of January 28, their investigations began. In addition to the Institute of Virology, the delegation also visited hospitals, research centers and the market linked to the initial outbreak.
Featured image: WHO experts arrived in Wuhan on January 14, 2021 (Photo: AFP).
Translation: Orinoco Tribune