Dr Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, a non-governmental organization, added, “The field visits were providing valuable information – especially the seafood market in Huanan, where the first cases of corona ever appeared. The market, with the vendors who worked there and people from the community and we ask them questions.
“We are talking to people who collect samples from the market floor and then the test result came back positive. This is the kind of information we get with the people who are really involved,” he added.The World Health Organization mission arrived in Wuhan more than a year after the outbreak began there, after the organization had complained about the delay in arrival, but Chinese scientists conducted their own research into the origin of Corona in the meantime.
“There are very few clues that we find here and there in the wealth of data,” said Dr. Dazak. “They share data with us that we’ve never seen before – no one has seen it before. They talk candidly with us about every possible path. We’re really heading somewhere and I think every member of it is … The team will say that. ”
“I think that China is open and ready to work with us, and we are witnessing that every day,” he added.
The WHO team visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology on Wednesday, but has not made any statements yet.
The researchers at the institute had dealt with corona viruses, but they rejected claims that the virus appeared as a result of the leak, and Dr. Dazak told Sky News that this possibility has not been excluded, and we are all aware of the hypotheses regarding the potential participation of the laboratory in this, and we will certainly ask questions about all the main aspects. To the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
And he added, “If there is data indicating any hypothesis, we will follow the data, and we will follow the evidence that leads us to it, and if it leads us to the seafood market and the cold chain, we will follow it there.”
“If he leads us to a wildlife farm or a wildlife market, we will go there. If he leads us to a lab, we will go there, everything is on the table and our minds open.”
Dr. Daszak enjoys a long working relationship with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and with researcher Shi Jingli there, but he rejected the suggestion that his connections to the laboratory would jeopardize his neutrality, “my relationship with China, my work here, and my contacts with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and Shi Jingli are well known. I spent 20 years or 15 years publishing the data. I think that’s worth it. ”
The mission of the World Health Organization is subject to strict control by China, with scientists being kept in isolation as part of the Corona prevention measures in the country.
Critics have questioned the extent of control over the investigation, especially after scientists visited a propaganda museum detailing the battle of Wuhan against Corona on their second day.
Dr. Daszak defended the visit to the museum, which displays giant portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping in its first hall.
“We are smart enough to read behind the display in the museum,” he said.
Dr. Dazak was optimistic about finally finding the origin of Corona, and said: “We will get there and at the end of this mission will issue a report containing some indications of the most likely scenarios.”
But even if the original was discovered, the new variants of the virus mean that we will live with Corona forever, “according to Dasak.
“This is one of the viruses that is transmitted to humans and then became endemic, and it will be with us forever, but we will come to terms with that, we will have an effective vaccine and we will get an alternative to escape, and we will amend the vaccine.”