The World Health Organisation (WHO) team sent to conduct an investigation into the origins of Covid-19 has arrived in Wuhan, China, more than a year after the initial outbreak of the disease.
After months of negotiations over political matters between nations, conjecture and denials, the WHO was finally able to get their investigative team of 13 scientists into China. However, the team will have to self-isolate for two weeks before investigations get underway. This has also been disrupted by two members of the team being barred from boarding a flight in Singapore after testing positive for virus antibodies.
The WHO said in a tweet that all members of the team had “multiple negative PCR and antibody tests for Covid-19 in their home countries prior to traveling.”
Peter Ben Embarek, who is leading the team explain that they will meet with Chinese scientists after their quarantine and will visit various sites that may have useful evidence. Although, Embarek also warned it “could be a very long journey before we get a full understanding of what happened”.
“After the two weeks, we would be able to move around and meet our Chinese counterparts in person and go to the different sites that we will want to visit,” Embarek said, according to EWN.
One of the big questions for the WHO’s Covid-19 investigation, though, is over whether Wuhan is necessarily the part of China from which the Covid-19 originated.
“I don’t think we will have clear answers after this initial mission, but we will be on the way,” Embarek added.
“The idea is to advance a number of studies that were already designed and decided upon some months ago to get us a better understanding of what happened.”