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WHO team visits Wuhan lab

Christian Fernsby |
A team of investigators led by the World Health Organization visited a virus research laboratory in Wuhan and met with a virologist in its search for clues to the origins of the COVID-19.

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Topics: WHO    WUHAN   

The experts spent about 3-1/2 hours at the heavily-guarded Wuhan Institute of Virology, which has been at the centre of some conspiracy theories that claim a laboratory leak caused the city’s first coronavirus outbreak at the end of 2019.

“Extremely important meeting today with staff at WIV including Dr Shi Zhengli. Frank, open discussion. Key questions asked & answered,” team member Peter Daszak said on Twitter.

Shi, a well-known virus hunter who has long focused on bat coronaviruses, was among the first last year to isolate the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

“Very interesting. Many questions,” Thea Fischer, a Danish member of the team, called from her car as it sped away from the lab following Wednesday’s visit, in response to a question whether the team had found anything.

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