An international public health agency refuses to give up searching for the pandemic’s root cause.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is recruiting a new research team to help find out how COVID-19 spread around the world.
Twenty positions are vacant at the Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens. They include “specialists in laboratory safety and biosecurity and geneticists and animal-disease experts versed in how viruses spill over from nature.”
Applications close at the end of September 2021. Successful applicants will be responsible for investigating future outbreaks, and identifying human interactions that increase the risk of new diseases surfacing.
The Wall Street Journal revealed mainland China’s foreign ministry will closely monitor the appointment process. It has even recommended candidates for the task force.
Lawrence Gostin, faculty director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, is not elated about the new WHO research team.
“China still holds all the cards, the WHO lacks power and it is inconceivable to me that a new committee will be able to negotiate access to China,” he said according to the paper. “This is building a beautiful committee with nowhere to go.”
BL can reveal the previous research team of 10 was disbanded for failing to achieve its objective. At the time the Chinese regime heavily restricted access and movement to various locations. The regime also provided hardly any data the team requested. This prevented the investigation from proceeding.
COVID-19, or SARS-Cov-2, first emerged in mainland China. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) insists the virus evolved under natural settings and spread in a wild animal trade-market in Wuhan, Hubei province.
A different theory suggests a lab leak occurred at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). The United States and allies have pressed for this theory to be tested to help prevent future lab leaks.
WHO published a March report that disputes the lab leak theory. However, the Biden administration was not convinced. WHO later dismissed the same report’s conclusions, and continued to investigate COVID-19’s origins.