India has respond to WHO study on the origin of the coronavirus pandemic. It is considered as an important first step, it requires further study including on an understanding of the earliest human cases and groups.
A statement released by Ministry of External Affairs stated that “We share the need for a comprehensive and expert-led mechanism that would expeditiously investigate the origin of Covid-19 in cooperation with all stakeholders.”
WHO expert team has already visited China and compiled reports which stated that Covid-19 was most likely transmitted from bats to humans through another animal. The researchers left unresolved the question of where the coronavirus originated, but called the possibility that it leaked from a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan “extremely unlikely”.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom said that the study was “a very important beginning, but it is not the end”, and that “no single research trip can provide all the answers”.
Several countries like United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Australia, to express concern about whether investigators involved in the study had access to all the data. In a joint statement the countries also called for “a robust, comprehensive, and expert-led mechanism”, and greater transparency, when investigating pandemics.