When the world is already devastated from the deadly pandemic, US expert warn of COVID-26 and COVID 32 on Sunday.
For these the scientists need to cooperate with the Chinese government in order to trace the origins of Covid-19 and prevent future pandemic threats.
Scott Gottlieb, a commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in the Trump administration who now member on the board of Pfizer Inc. said “SARS-CoV-2 virus may have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China but China hasn’t provided evidence to disprove that theory, while the search for signs that the virus emerged from wildlife hasn’t yielded results.”
Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Centre for Vaccine Development, said in a separate TV appearance “There’s going to be Covid-26 and Covid-32 unless we fully understand the origins of Covid-19,” Hotez said on NBC’s “Meet the press.” He also said “Scientists should be allowed to conduct a long-term investigation in China and take blood samples from humans and animals. The U.S. should pressure China, including with the threat of sanctions, to allow for an inquiry.” He added “We need a team of scientists, epidemiologists, virologists, bat ecologists in Hubei province for a six-month, year-long period.”
Meanwhile on Wednesday, President Joe Biden called for a renewed investigation into the virus’s emergence. U.S. intelligence agencies had assessing whether it leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. He ordered the agencies to “redouble their efforts” and report to him again in 90 days.