In this open letter, the scientists provided a road map that clarified the source of the pandemic, zoonotic disease, or laboratory.
CUnderstanding how the SARS-CoV-2 virus emerges and spreads in the population is the priority basis for determining future pandemic prevention and response strategies. However, for more than a year after the first outbreak, robust procedures have not been established to check the origin of the pandemic, and important data and biological samples that can provide important information about the origin of the pandemic are still not available. These gaps pose a major threat to everyone and future generations.
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As scientists, social scientists or scientific media, most signatories are Open the envelope At the origin of Covif-19 on March 4, 2021, we believe that there is a better way forward.
in our Open the envelope Previously, we expressed concern about the joint team of the International Committee and the Chinese government « No right, no right or no right to conduct a comprehensive and unrestricted investigation of all hypotheses about the origin of SARS-CoV-2 ».After reading the report, the title is « WHO Global Joint Research on the Origin of SARS-CoV-2: China »And checked Press conference Unfortunately, the World Health Organization organized the release of the report on March 30, 2021, and we concluded that our concerns are entirely reasonable.
More than a year after the first outbreak, the necessary biological records and samples are still not available, which can provide critical information about the origin of the pandemic.
In addition to the structure and process of the joint mission described in our last open letter, we also wish to express the following concerns about the joint research process and the conclusion of the report:
There is no sufficient basis for why a “laboratory accident” (whether it is a laboratory leak or an accident that occurred during sample collection) should be considered “extremely impossible”. Or why should it be considered that “natural transmission through unknown animal reservoirs” may be considered “extremely impossible.” ,Most likely”.
It is not yet certain whether the Chinese team members have the freedom to express their evaluation of all hypotheses fairly in the presence of Chinese government observers.
Faced with these serious limitations and procedural errors, which call into question the conclusions of the “China-WHO Joint Research Report”, we fully support the “WHO Joint Statement” dated March 30, 2021. WHO Director-GeneralD[R[R Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that all assumptions about the origin have not been considered, including possible laboratory-related accidents. China must be more diligent in sharing basic data and biological samples, and the World Health Organization is preparing to send more tasks and suggestions. Experts come to China to thoroughly examine all assumptions about the origin. We welcome this courageous defense of the World Health Organization and recognize that once the organization has the required authorization and support, it is possible to conduct a thorough investigation into the root cause of the pandemic.
We also welcome Joint statement of 14 countries The report on March 30, 2021, on the WHO’s joint study of the origins of Covid-19, which emphasized « Transparent, independent analysis and evaluation, free from interference and undue influence » And expressed common concern and joint research « No access to complete raw data and samples ».We also recognize Declaration of the European Union Regarding the World Health Organization’s joint research on the origin of Covid-19, the study focused on the identification of the source of the SARS-CoV-2 virus « It will require the full and transparent cooperation of all member states of the WHO, as well as the joint efforts of scientists from all disciplines ».
The principles proposed by the Director-General of WHO and the two joint declarations mentioned above will require WHO and all Member States to renew their commitment to conduct comprehensive and unrestricted scientific investigations on the basis of access, transparency and diligence. This basic goal must be achieved through at least one of the three specific stages that can be envisaged.
Considering the limits of this joint study, and according to The statement Duding[R[R Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, we believe that so far, the origin of SARS-CoV-2 has not been fully studied.So the next most logical step is Terms of reference The existing terminology existing between WHO and China will be revised in this sense to allow for this type of review. These revised terms should:
If these amendments cannot be agreed and implemented in the short term, the second option is for interested governments to propose a new resolution at the World Health Assembly in May 2021. The solution should:
If it proves impossible during the next session of the World Health Assembly to quickly modify the mandate or pass sufficient new resolutions, the best solution remaining will be the pandemic among governments that want a full and credible review of the source The disease will develop a new independent process together, if possible, cooperate with China, otherwise there will be no. Such a process will include: