China bars two members of WHO coronavirus mission as depleted team reaches Wuhan
The pair had tested positive for coronavirus antibodies in their home countries before leaving. All members of the team, tested before leaving and once again in Singapore, tested negative for the virus.
The team’s partial arrival comes after Chinese authorities delayed the trip by more than a week, and after almost a year of wrangling and negotiation by the WHO to gain access to the central Chinese city where the coronavirus emerged.
The investigators — a range of virus, food safety and other experts — face a battle to find the source of the pandemic more than a year after the mysterious virus was first detected. They will also grapple with political hurdles and added scrutiny as critics accuse the U.N. health body of being beholden to China, whose state media has been promoting the narrative that the virus originated outside the country.
WHO researchers have said they are committed to following “all leads,” while Beijing has pledged willingness to cooperate, …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]