World Health Organization

W.H.O. Investigator: Wuhan Market Sold Wildlife from Areas Infested by Virus-Carrying Bats

Nairobi-based Vietnamese biologist Hung Nguyen-Viet, a food safety expert who was among the ten scientists sent by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) to visit Wuhan, China, in late January, said Monday that he fears wildlife products sold at the now-infamous Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan might have come from areas with large populations of virus-carrying bats, possibly spreading the coronavirus from animals to humans through an intermediate species.

A seafood vendor (R) wearing a face mask talks to a customer at a wet market in Shanghai on February 13, 2020. (Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images)

China Pressures W.H.O. to Find Origin of Coronavirus in ‘Other Countries’

Chinese state media seized on the World Health Organization’s (W.H.O.) controversial final report to declare the theory of Chinese laboratory origins for the coronavirus has been completely ruled out and W.H.O. should now begin checking the laboratories of other countries to see if any of them created the Chinese coronavirus and sent it to China.

LOS ANGELES, CA--February 17, 2012--U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping participated in a luncheon hosted by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, at the J.W. Marriot at L.A. Live, in downtown Los Angeles, Feb. 16, 2012. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

W.H.O. Adviser: Coronavirus Origin Report Is ‘Not Credible’

Jamie Metzl, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and an adviser to the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), on Monday joined the growing number of scientists and political leaders around the world who questioned the credibility of W.H.O.’s report on the origins of the coronavirus.

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23 Countries Join W.H.O. to Propose Worldwide ‘Pandemic Treaty’

The leaders of 23 nations joined the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) on Tuesday to endorse a proposed international “pandemic treaty” that would establish rules for information sharing and “universal and equitable access to vaccines, medicines and diagnostics,” as Reuters put it.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gestures during a press conference following an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo on May 18, 2018 at the United Nations Office in Geneva. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by …

W.H.O. Report: Little Evidence Coronavirus Came from Animals, China May Not Be Origin

The long-awaited World Health Organization (W.H.O.) report on the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus was released on Tuesday, after canceling the release of an interim report in early March. The final report is lengthy but inconclusive, laying out numerous theories for the origin of the virus but failing to conclusively prove or disprove any of them. Most intriguingly, the authors circle around the shortage of hard evidence for zoonotic transmission – animals to human – even though they insist it is the most likely scenario.

This photo taken on February 8, 2020 shows a vendor selling bats at the Tomohon Extreme Meat market on Sulawesi island, as business is booming and curious tourists keep arriving to check out exotic fare that enrages animal rights activists. - Bats, rats and snakes are still being sold at …

W.H.O. Won’t Issue Interim Report on Wuhan Visit, Citing Insufficient Data from China

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Thursday morning reported the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) is scrapping the interim report from a team of investigators who visited Wuhan, China, in early February, under pressure from scientists who said the Chinese government withheld too much data from the investigating team, necessitating a new and more exhaustive investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.

WUHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 28: An aerial view of the city sunset on January 28, 2021 in Wuhan, China. In order to curb the spread of the new crown pneumonia COVID-19 disease, the Chinese government closed the city of Wuhan for 76 days starting January 23, 2020. (Photo by Lintao …