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WHO official thanks China for cooperation in COVID-19 origin probe



Jan 17, 2021, 11:03

(Global Times) A senior official at the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday thanked China for its cooperation in carrying out the WHO-led global investigation into the origin of the novel coronavirus, while stressing that the probe is complex and difficult to reach final answer.

WHO experts have arrived in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province, and will work with the Chinese team to try to find out the scientific answers to the origin of the coronavirus, Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said at a Friday press conference. 

“We do thank our colleagues in China for working with us to achieve this. These things are not easy to achieve... there is no guarantee for answers. We see the same in previous epidemic emergencies. It is a difficult task to fully establish the origins,” Ryan said, noting that sometimes, it will take various attempts. 

An expert team from the WHO arrived in Wuhan on Thursday and checked into their designated hotel for quarantine, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian confirmed at media briefing on Friday.

According to Ryan, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus discussed investigation into the origin of the virus as early as February 2020 during his visit to China. An advance team of WHO experts also visited China in July 2020 to set up the tasks for the probe mission.  

Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, said at the same press conference on Friday that the world may never find “patient zero,” which was usually used to indicate the initial case.

Yang Zhanqiu, a virologist from Wuhan University, agreed with Kerkhove, but he noted that despite this, the epidemiological investigation into the first ten cases still could help to figure out how the virus transmitted and even where it came from.

For example, the epidemiological investigation can show whether these people have traveled overseas. If so, it may be possible that they got infected during their overseas trip and an investigation into the destination of their travels should be followed up, Yang explained. 

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Newtown post time: 2021-01-18 07:06

According to the same article, the WHO was in Wuhan as early as February 2020.

China has been very cooperative with the WHO on the investigation of any disease, including this one.

The fact they have allowed such investigations to take place from beginning to end shows that China has nothing to hide.

In contrast, to this day no one knows what has happened to the five evacuees in the American delegation that had performed so badly in Wuhan that it was obvious their main task was not to win medals (have you ever heard of a score of 0 in a shooting event in any world-class competition?

And it is such a simple matter to comply with the straightforward demand that the five evacuees including Menassi being tested for antibodies to Covid-19 -- the absence of which would clear them of the charges -- that the total silence on the U.S. side indicates their culpability.

There are no other possibilities.


wchao37 post time: 2021-01-17 17:54

As indicated in this article, the scientific investigation into the first ten cases may "help to figure out how the virus transmitted and even where it came from." The WHO team are in Wuhan to investigate the origins of the pandemic, not in any other city or country.


All the earlier bloggers / writers have done very credible investigative works without me repeating them all here. However, the WHO team of experts are welcomed to carry out investigative works as a formal form of research and discovery to tell factual tales in order to kill and bury numerous wild blames against China and Chinese people around the globe ( turning into racial violence ). 

Hence, the bloggers’ great investigative works must NOT be ignored by WHO experts who are now inside Wuhan China where it was foully claimed to be the birth place of this Covid-19 strain.  It is only a fair play if WHO experts / team will launch similar investigative works in Italy, Spain and other EU states including BREXIT UK as well as those five US guys who are LOST now either in hiding or being sacrificed to shut up. 

The most deadly and hottest cluster of Covid-19 attacks was in NYC which is just a few hours flight time across the Atlantic Ocean to any EU states. Reports had surfaced numerous times of earlier discovery of Covid-19 strains in Italy and other states in EU ( not to discount England ).   

Spread the truths to harness kinder karmic effects or auspicious omens ! 

emanreus post time: 2021-01-17 13:11

The number of evacuees totaled 350 according to an earlier report, of which five military athletes (including Benassi) were evacuated in a separate plane only two days before the rest of the delegation.


Your quote "George Webb, an investigative journalist in Washington, DC claimed in recent videos and tweets that he believes Maatje Benassi, an armed diplomatic driver, and the cyclist who was in Wuhan in October for the cycling competition in the Military World Games, could be patient zero of COVID-19 in Wuhan."

Any alleged U.S. complicity in launching biological warfare against China could have easily been disproven by the authenticated absence of antibodies to COVID-19 amongst the five evacuees, including Benazzi. 

The fact that they have not responded to this reasonable request speaks volumes about their culpability to the charges. 

Nobody knows where those five evacuees are right now -- they have disappeared into thin air -- and WHO should now demand to pay them a visit for clarification nder international supervision.

We had a long time ago pinpointed the five suspects who were withdrawn from the Military Sports Meet in Wuhan in a special plane two days before the rest of the poorly-performing 350-member U.S. delegation was separately evacuated.  

All that Washington needed to do to disprove the causal relationship was to complete antibody testing for the five athletes, which included Maatje Benassi after suspicion was voiced by China's spokesman at the Foreign Ministry after the five had returned to the U.S.

Why is Washington afraid if it truly wants to prove its innocence by doing serological antibody testings on Benassi and her four other companions?

That virus caused the spate of pneumonia cases in the states surrounding Maryland in the summer of 2019, and it was later proven to be identical to that seen in CT scans of later COVID-19 cases, and some of those infected could have traveled with the disease to Italy and Spain.


WHO is welcomed to conduct investigation and detailed analysis on COVID-19. If the result concludes its origin is undetermined, then investigation on other similar centers should be carried out.

At least one with gift of the gap should self address appropriately and no longer should hide under sheep wool for that one has out grown the size of the sheep wool in use.


A plane carrying more than 200 Americans from Wuhan arrived at March Air Force Base in Riverside County, California on Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020.

  Wednesday’s evacuation flight left Wuhan’s Tianhe International Airport carrying 210 Americans, stopping in Anchorage and then at a military base in California.

  Due to the effective lockdown of Wuhan and Hubei, and the continued growth of the outbreak in these locations, several countries planned to evacuate their citizens and/or diplomatic staff from the area. This was done primarily through chartered flights of the home nations, which were provided prior clearance by Chinese authorities. Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United States were among the first to plan the evacuation of their citizens...

George Webb, an investigative journalist in Washington, DC claimed in recent videos and tweets that he believes Maatje Benassi, an armed diplomatic driver and cyclist who was in Wuhan in October for the cycling competition in the Military World Games, could be patient zero of COVID-19 in Wuhan.