According to investigators familiar with the draft report, it took Chinese scientists many months to do the initial investigative work on the origin of the virus.
They said they found it surprising and unbelievable that Chinese scientists had not already done the job.
The commission’s recommendations will address, among other things, two key lines of investigation, said investigators familiar with the draft report for CNN.
He will first ask for further work on the contact history of a patient from Wuhan who fell ill on December 8, 2019, which is the first case that Chinese scientists and the WHO panel stated that he fell ill with covid-19.
The identity of the patient has not been made public, but, according to WHO investigators, it is about an office worker in his 40s who did not travel to exotic destinations or had a history of contacts, and lived with his wife and child.
In a preliminary report to be presented next week, the WHO board will also recommend an immediate investigation into the supply chain of the seafood market in Huanan, investigators familiar with the draft report said.
WHO mission leader Peter Ben Embarek declined to comment on the details of any further search or testing of contacts needed.
He told CNN that further research was needed.
Other scientists have expressed surprise and even disbelief that China has apparently not already conducted further investigations, both of the first patient’s contact histories and the WHO supply chain in Huanan, requested by the WHO.
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