The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced it would be sending a team to China to investigate the source of the Coronavirus pathogen in the hope of being better able to fight the pandemic which has now killed more than half a million people.
“Knowing the source of the virus is very, very important,” the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started.”
The announcement comes six months after China first notified WHO of an outbreak of a mysterious pneumonia linked to a wet market in Wuhan.
Ghebreyesus also warned that the pandemic was “speeding up” and the “worst is still to come” unless international unity replaced fractious divisions.
Menawhile, China has approved military use of an experimental Coronavirus vaccine developed by the People’s Liberation Army in collaboration with a Tianjin-based pharmaceutical company.
Identified as Ad5-nCoV, it will be the world’s first vaccine candidate for COVID-19.
It has yet to start phase three trials and has not been approved for civilian use.