WHO-Led Team Investigating Coronavirus Origins To Arrive In China In January; China Blames Frozen Foods For New Cases, Contradicting International Guidance

NPR: China Has A Theory About Its New COVID-19 Cases. Many Scientists Are Skeptical
“China now reports few to none domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases — only 12 cases were reported on Dec. 15. But a flurry of recent cases has Chinese public health officials worried. They claim that the cases stemmed from workers who had contact with imported food and packages. … There’s a problem with this theory. The cases directly contradict international health guidance, which says such transmission is highly unlikely…” (Feng, 12/16).

Reuters: Exclusive: WHO-led team expected in China in January to probe COVID-19 origins — experts
“An international mission led by the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to go to China in the first week of January to investigate the origins of the virus that sparked the COVID-19 pandemic, a member and diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday. … Now a team of 12-15 international experts is finally preparing to go to Wuhan to examine evidence, including human and animal samples collected by Chinese researchers, and to build on their initial studies…” (Nebehay/Skydsgaard, 12/16).

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