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Highlights:

  • WHO is eyeing to reinitiate an investigation into the origin of COVID-19
  • The new investigation follows after an initial WHO inquiry found that the data brought forth by the Chinese Scientists was inadequate
  • The new team of scientists involves specialists in laboratory safety and biosecurity and experts in genetics

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is eyeing reinitiating an investigation into the origin of COVID-19, according to a US media report. Another publication cited that the world health body is establishing a team of 20 scientists to track new evidence.

According to the publication, the new investigation follows after an initial WHO inquiry found that the data brought forth by the Chinese Scientists was inadequate to answer key questions about the origin of COVID-19.

It underscored that the new team of scientists, which involves specialists in laboratory safety and biosecurity and experts in genetics, may be entrusted to examine if the virus evolved in the lab, coupled with broader inquiries into future virus risks and the connection with human behavior.

On the other hand, Head of US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky voiced that several parts of the US health system “are in dire straits”, as the transmission of Delta variant compels some states to prepare for rationed medical care.

Walensky elaborated, “That means that we are talking about who is going to get a ventilator, who is going to get an ICU bed.” Meanwhile, on Monday, Pfizer affirmed that it commenced a large study testing its investigational oral antiviral drug for the prevention of COVID-19 infection among those who have been exposed to the virus.

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