COVID-19 patient zero may not be found as per the recent investigation says the WHO chief.
A WHO team of experts who landed in Wuhan on 14 January to start an investigation into the source of spreading the novel coronavirus in the world could never find “patient zero”.
Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s scientific lead on the outbreak, said, “We may never find the COVID-19 patient zero”.
In Wuhan, where the pandemic first erupted more than a year ago, a WHO-led team investigating the origins of COVID-19 is to hold virtual meetings with its Chinese hosts.
The WHO Emergency Committee arranged for global coronavirus sequencing research to tackle alarming different versions invading the globe on Friday.
The discussion was pushed forward by two weeks for immediate meetings, even more, infectious viral strains, according to an AFP count, the death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic reached two million.
Countries seeking evidence of vaccination from arriving foreign travellers is rejected by the emergency committee.
In the next 100 days, the WHO said it needed to vaccinate Covid-19 throughout every region, in the face of fears that rich nations are taking up the first batches rolling off the manufacturing lines.
Although the alarm sounded about a new virus strain emerging in Brazil, the WHO advised that in some nations the latest increases in the outbreak could be due on behavioural lapses instead of just new mutations.
Only by analyzing their genetic information will the newly-discovered variations be identified, an approach that is not feasible worldwide.
“On variants, (the committee) called for a global expansion of genomic sequencing and sharing of data, along with greater scientific collaboration to address critical unknowns,” the WHO said.
In an attempt to prevent stigmatisation, the committee called on the WHO to make changes with a standardised system for identifying new variants to maintain them geographically and politically neutral.
The WHO said the coronavirus mutation originally discovered in Britain had spread to 50 territories in its epidemiological bulletin early this week, whereas a related South African-identified mutation has now been identified in 20.
As per the WHO, a third mutation, arising in the Brazilian Amazon, is now being examined and could affect the immune response.
The situation in northern Brazil’s Amazonas state, and particularly its capital Manaus, has deteriorated significantly, with hospitals pushed to the limit said WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan.
“If this continues, we are going to see a wave that is greater than what was a catastrophic wave in April and May in Amazonas,” he told a press conference in Geneva.
Committee Chairman Didier Houssin stated that given the difference of nations’ visa, quarantine and travel ban methods, it is “real-time” for the WHO to re-evaluate what advice might be issued on international air, land and sea transport.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Chief said the world that he’s in a “defining moment in the pandemic” as he asked for the equal distribution of vaccinations around the world.
About 46 countries, of which 38 are greater-income countries, have started vaccination programs.
“I want to see vaccination underway in every country in the next 100 days so that health workers and those at high risk are protected first,” Tedros said.
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