A “timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based” investigation into the origins of Covid-19. In a joint statement released on Sunday, The G7 leaders of the seven richest nations called for “strengthening transparency and accountability, including reiterating their commitment to the full implementation of, and improved compliance with, the International Health Regulations 2005.”
“This includes investigating, reporting, and responding to outbreaks of unknown origin. they also call for a timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO-convened Phase 2 Covid-19 Origins study, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Britain wants a detailed investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, Johnson said that while it doesn’t look as if this particular disease came from a lab, the world needs to “keep an open mind.”
Assumptions that COVID-19 leaked accidentally from a Chinese lab are now under a new U.S. investigation ordered by President Joe Biden, However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says that they still believe the virus most likely occurred in nature and jumped from animals to humans. Virologists are also saying that it is unlikely that any definitive answer about virus origins will be possible in 90 days. The pathways of past virusesand confirm origins for viruses such as SARS or HIV/AIDS- have taken years.
Scientists believe that the most captivating argument for investigating the possibility of a lab leak is not any new hard evidence, but rather the fact that another pathway for virus spread has not been 100 percent confirmed.
Arinjay Banerjee, a virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization said “The great probability is still that this virus came from a wildlife reservoir,” He also said that spillover events – when viruses jump from animals to humans are common in nature. And everyone already knows about the two coronaviruses SARS1 and MERS, which were evolved by bats and humans were infected.
Banerjeesaid that there is still room for researchers to ask about other possibilities. Because nobody has identified a virus that’s 100 percent identical to SARS-CoV-2 in any animal.
It’s very important to understand the origin of the virus researchers are always quite keen to understand how diseases evolve, from a scientific perspective.If a virus has transitioned to being spread mostly by human-to-human contact, discovering its origins is not as essential to strategies for containing the disease.
Deborah Seligsohn, an expert in environment and public health at Villanova University said that “Questions of origins and questions of disease control are not the same thing once human-to-human transmission has become common.”
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