WHO international expert team arrives in Wuhan to trace source of COVID-19


14th January 2021 – (Wuhan) The SCOOT passenger plane taken by the World Health Organization’s International Expert Team on the Traceability of Novel Coronavirus arrived at Terminal 3 of Wuhan Tianhe Airport in Hubei Province at 11am on Thursday (14th). The expert team will work with Chinese experts to carry out research on the traceability of the new coronavirus. Experts will undergo nasal throat sampling and serum antibody tests at the airport, and then undergo 14-day isolation as required.

In an interview with foreign media on Wednesday (13th), one of the members of the expedition team from Vietnam and a Vietnamese biologist, Hung Nguyen said that the team will stay in Wuhan for about one month to investigate the origin of the new coronavirus. Hung revealed that the 10-member expert group flew from Singapore to Wuhan early on Thursday morning, and it is expected that the team’s work in China will not be subject to any restrictions. After two weeks of isolation in a hotel in Wuhan, they plan to spend two weeks interviewing personnel from local research institutions, hospitals and seafood markets. In the months before the trip, the expert team has been holding regular video conferences with Chinese virus researchers.

n February and July last year, China invited WHO experts to China twice, and the two sides worked together to formulate the Chinese part of the global scientific cooperation plan for the traceability of the Novel Coronavirus.