WHO-backed probes move forward to try to shed light on early days of coronavirus

WHO-backed probes move forward to try to shed light on early days of coronavirus

Nearly a year after the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 was identified, two World Health Organization-backed inquiries are moving forward that will look into a contentious period – the early days of a virus that has infected 52 million people worldwide.

Details released last week shed light on the plan for one of those missions, a WHO-led scientific inquiry tracing the origins of the virus, first identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan last year.

Meanwhile, an independent panel tasked with evaluating the international response to Covid-19 will make establishing an authoritative timeline of the pandemic a “top priority”, the co-chairs of the panel said at a meeting of the WHO’s governing body on Tuesday. “Close attention” will be paid to its early days, according to their progress report.

Both missions have been in the works since May, when they were called for by over 130 member states at the last meeting of the governing body, the World Health Assembly.