The origin of COVID-19 remains a mystery to the World Health Organization (WHO). This Friday, the director general of the agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, declared that all the hypotheses “remain open” despite the fact that a few days ago, the WHO scientific mission sent to China he had discarded the theory that the virus had been created in a laboratory.
“I want to confirm that all the hypotheses remain open and require further analysis and study,” Tedros said at a press conference, to point out that the recent mission to China “was not going to find all the answers, but it has provided important information that brings us closer to the knowledge of the origin of the virus “.
The director general added that the mission, made up of experts from ten countries (including the US, the United Kingdom, Germany and Russia) will publish a preliminary report of its visit next week, which it will expand on in the following weeks, and will also give a press conference , which complements the one they gave this week in Wuhan (China).
Low influx of German vaccination centers
Meanwhile, the Austrian police, supported by the Army, monitor COVID-19 tests at the German border. A review is made of people leaving the alpine town of Tirol in the direction of Germany, a country that imposed travel restrictions this week for citizens from this area.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected criticism for the slowness with which vaccination against the coronavirus has been launched in the country, and said that the vaccination centers created last year will be full in April.
Germany began vaccinating older people in December and has so far only administered about 3.8 million doses due to shortages facing the European Union.
Macron asks to “vaccinate” developing countries
President Emmanuel Macron pointed out that the pandemic is in a “critical” stage due to the new variants of the coronavirus that are being detected in France.
Macron urged the international alliance ACT (known in English as ‘Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator’) to urgently distribute the vaccines to low-income countries, citing the risk of creating new variants.
The British variant spreads throughout Italy
The variant detected for the first time in the United Kingdom is responsible for almost 18% of all cases in Italy, according to health authorities. There is evidence of its presence in areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Abruzzo. Its rapid spread would make it the dominant variant in Italy in about 6 weeks.