WHO clashes with China over obstacles to the scientific team that will investigate the origin of COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed disappointment on Tuesday when it learned that the Chinese government did not finalize the corresponding permits for the arrival of a team of experts to the Asian country that will investigate the origins of COVID-19.

“I am very disappointed with this news, given that two members had already started their travels and others were unable to travel at the last minute, although they had been in contact with senior Chinese officials. I have made it clear once again that mission is a priority for WHO and the international team. They have assured me that China is accelerating the internal procedures for the deployment of the mission as early as possible, “said its director-general in a press conference, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

This mission, as reported by the WHO in November, is made up of scientists from the United States, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Vietnam, Germany and Qatar.

Some are linked to that Geneva-based agency, others to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and others to the World Organization for Animal Health.

The mission should travel, among other places, to the city of Wuhan, where the first cases of COVID-19 were detected, and in principle its objective is to find the possible animal origin of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and through which channels of transmission to humans.

The organization of this mission has been delayed for months, and has been surrounded by secrecy, both from the Chinese authorities and the WHO itself.

United Kingdom accelerates its vaccination campaign during its third confinement

The United Kingdom has registered for the first time more than 60,000 new cases of coronavirus in one day. Prime Minister Boris Johnson explained that the dramatic increase had left the government “with no other option” but to impose a third lockdown.

Johnson celebrated that more than 1.3 million people had been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country.

“That includes more than 650,000 people over the age of 80, which is 23% of all those over 80 in England. And that means that almost one in four people in the most vulnerable groups will get the vaccine in two or three. weeks, we will have a significant degree of immunity, “said the British leader.

Restrictions tighten in Germany and Denmark

Germany is extending its measures until the end of the month and imposing new restrictions for the hot spots of the pandemic.

From now on, social gatherings throughout Germany will be limited to one visitor from outside the family. And in the near future, foster home staff and visitors will be required to undergo PCR testing beforehand.

Denmark today imposed new lockdown measures aimed at curbing the rapid spread of the new variant of the coronavirus that is believed to be more communicable, the country’s Prime Minister said.