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WHO sending mission to China to clarify coronavirus origin

The organization is currently determining the mission parameters

GENEVA, July 7. /TASS/. The World Health Organization (WHO) will soon send an expert mission to China aiming to determine the origin of the novel coronavirus, WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a briefing in Geneva Tuesday.

"Over the past few months, there has been a lot of discussion about the origins of COVID-19," he stressed. "All preparations have been finalized and WHO experts will be traveling to #China on the next available flight to prepare scientific plans with their Chinese counterparts for identifying the zoonotic source of COVID-19."

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus emphasized that the specialists will focus on laying down a basis and a plan of works for the international mission headed by the WHO. "The mission objective is to advance the understanding of animal hosts for COVID-19 and ascertain how the disease jumped between animals to humans," he noted.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme Mike Ryan underlined that determining the virus origin is a true detective story that requires an integrated approach and a lot of hard work.