'Detect the origin of Covid-19 or face Covid26 or Covid32', US experts warn

Peter Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital for Vaccine Development, said that not knowing the origin of covid19 pandemic can lead to the outbreak of future pandemics.


On Sunday, two leading US experts said that the world needs the cooperation of the Chinese government to find out the origin of Covid-19. The information about the origin is important to prevent future pandemics.

Scott Gottlieb, a member of the board of Pfizer Inc., has stated that the demand to find whether SARS-CoV-2 virus was originated from the Wuhan lab or transferred from bats to humans has increased. China has not provided any evidence to disprove the lab-leak theory, while there are signs which prove the origin of the virus from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

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Peter Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital for Vaccine Development, said in an interview that not knowing the origin of a pandemic can lead to the outbreak of future pandemics.

Hotez said, “Either understand the origin of Covid-19, or there could be Covid-26 or Covid-32.”

Peter Hotez also said that scientists should be allowed to go to China and conduct research by taking blood samples from humans and animals. He said, “We need a team, of scientists, epidemiologists, virologists, bat ecologists in Hubei province for a six-month investigation.”

Initially, it was hypothesized that the virus has been transferred from the bats to human beings. But the idea that the virus has been leaked through the Wuhan lab has gotten attention by the Biden administration. 

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Recently, Joe Biden has ordered for renewed investigation about the virus’s occurrence. He ordered agencies to ‘redouble their efforts' and report him back after 90 days. 

The debate has fuelled after the news related to the hospital admission of three researchers from China Wuhan Institute of Virology was out. 

In March, World Health Organisation concluded the report with a fact that the virus has been transferred from bats to humans. The global body at that time called for more investigation. 

Director-General Tedros Andhanom Ghebreyesus, in a statement when the report was released in March, said, “As far as WHO is concerned, all hypotheses remain on the table.”

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