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Experts warn of pandemic disaster unless we understand COVID origin



Leading US infectious disease experts say we could face “Covid-26” and “Covid-32”

Scott Gottlieb from Pfizer Inc. warns if we want to avoid possible covid-26 and Covid-32 pandemics, cooperation from China is crucial.

This comes amid growing speculation that coronavirus may have leaked from a lab in Wuhan way back in November 2019.

Wuhan Institute of Virology
The P4 laboratory on the campus of the Wuhan Institute of Virology on May 27.
Photographer: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

“There’s going to be Covid-26 and Covid-32 unless we fully understand the origins of Covid-19”

Peter Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital CENTRE for Vaccine Development

Peter Hotez from the Texas Centre for Vaccine Development also says scientists should be allowed to conduct an investigation in China.

He says a team should study COVID’s origins in the Hubei province for six months to a year. He added the team should include scientists, epidemiologists, virologists and bat ecologists.

However, Chinese officials say the inquiry is evidence of “stigmatisation, political manipulation and blame-shifting”

New coronavirus strain that spreads more easily than others

This comes as authorities in Vietnam recently detected a new coronavirus variant.

Experts think the strain may be a hybrid from India and the United Kingdom.

The Vietnamese health minister said scientists found the new variant after examining the genetic makeup of the virus.

Lab tests also suggest the new strain might spread more easily than other versions of the virus.

Investigations into COVID’s origns

Last week, US President Joe Biden announced that his administration would be conducting an independent investigation into Covid-19.

Biden asked the country’s intelligence organisations to “redouble their efforts” and establish a definitive conclusion within 90 days.

He said: “the U-S will keep working with like-minded partners around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation”.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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