A year after the coronavirus pandemic emerged from the wet markets of Wuhan in China, a team of 10 World Health Organization(WHO) international experts arrive in China on Thursday to investigate the origins of COVID-19. The world health body has drawn sharp criticism for delay in taking action in finding out more on China’s role in the coronavirus global pandemic.
The team will be conducting a field visit and China has supported scientists around the world to conduct a global study on the origins and transmission routes of the virus. The question is whether the WHO experts will be able to visit the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). There are rumours that the virus emerged from this laboratory instead from the wet markets. WIV has denied the allegations saying that the rumours are politically motivated.
Meanwhile on the vaccine front, Indonesian President Joko Widodo in his country was the first COVID-19 vaccine shot developed by China’s biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech. According to Xinhua news agency, The President who is known as Jokowi took the shot to show his fellow countrymen that the vaccine shot is safe. Post this, the After the Indonesian military chief, the national police chief and the Health Minister were among the others who were also vaccinated.
Sinovac Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine was approved by Indonesia’s Food and Drug Control Agency (BPOM) on Monday. Indonesia approved the emergency use authorization of the vaccine after interim results of late stage trials showed a 65.3% efficacy rate. There are more than 8lakh Covid-19 infections in the country and more than 24,000 deaths as per the country’s health ministry.