February 22 Saia Fischer, member of the World Health Organization’s international expert group on the traceability of the novel coronavirus and professor of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, was interviewed by the Danish newspaper Politico on the 22nd, criticizing some Western media for deliberately distorting the report on the recent coronavirus disease carried out by the expert group in Wuhan.
Exchange and cooperation on drug traceability, and pointed out that the results of the trip to Wuhan exceeded expectations.
Fischer refuted the reports of Western media such as the New York Times that “no original data can be obtained” in Wuhan.
She said that the trip to Wuhan exceeded expectations in many ways. China has made full preparations and provided a large amount of data, based on which the expert group has discussed.
Fischer said that the international expert group sat with Chinese experts, discussed important agendas, respected each other’s views and capabilities, and achieved important results together in a short period of time.
This is an important first step and a good start for a long journey.
The New York Times published an article on the 12th of this month, claiming that China continues to refuse to release information about the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak, which makes it difficult for them to find important clues to contain future outbreaks of such diseases, citing the “statements” of WHO experts who recently went to Wuhan.
Several WHO experts and relevant researchers refuted the New York Times, saying that the newspaper “intentionally distorted” “out of context” and that the so-called “China’s refusal to share raw data that may make the world more aware of the origin of the novel coronavirus epidemic” is inconsistent with their experience in China.
The international expert group sent by WHO arrived in Wuhan on January 14 and formed a joint expert group with Chinese experts to jointly carry out some of the work of the global traceability of the novel coronavirus in China.
On February 9, the joint expert group said at a press conference in Wuhan that the expert group believes that the novel coronavirus is “presumably likely” to be introduced to humans through intermediate hosts, “may be” directly transmitted or introduced into human beings through cold chain food, and “very unlikely” to introduce human beings through laboratories.