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WHO chief asks China to share requested data to probe origins of Covid-19


GENEVA: Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday called on China to share requested data related to Covid-19 in order to understand the origin of the virus.
“We continue to call on China to share data and conduct the studies we require, to better understand the origins of this virus,” the statement read. WHO head told a news conference, as quoted in a statement on the organization’s website.
“As I have said many times, all theories are still on the table,” he added.
Three years after it appeared in China WuhanExactly how SARS-CoV-2 first emerged as a respiratory pathogen capable of sustained human-to-human transmission remains the subject of active controversy.
Experts have put forward two prominent theories about the origin of the virus. The first hypothesis is that SARS-CoV-2 is the result of natural spread from animals to humans. The second hypothesis is that the virus infected humans as a result of a research-related incident.
According to Reuters, a WHO body meets every few months to decide whether the new coronavirus, which has killed more than 6.6 million people, remains a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). ) or not.
The head of WHO said he “hopes” that the Covid-19 pandemic will no longer be considered a global health emergency by next year.
“We hope that at some point next year we will be able to say that Covid-19 is no longer a global health emergency,” the WHO chief said at a meeting. media coverage, as quoted in a statement on the organization’s website.
He recalled that a year ago, omicron variant “has just been identified and is starting to take off.”
“At that time, Covid-19 was killing 50,000 people a week. Last week, less than 10,000 people were killed globally. The number 10,000 is still too much – and there is still a lot that all countries do. could do to save lives – but we’ve come a long way,” he added.
The WHO chief said the criteria for declaring an end to the state of emergency would be discussed at the next meeting of the Emergency Committee in January.
He added that the virus “won’t go away”, but all countries “will need to learn how to manage it along with other respiratory illnesses including influenza and RSV, both of which are circulating intensively in the United States.” many country.”

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