China’s wildlife markets are under suspicion, but Beijing insisted there was no proof the virus originated in the countryIt is the great riddle of our time: how, when and where did the coronavirus emerge?
Even insiders at the World Health Organisation (WHO), which is tasked with finding the answers, are alarmed to discover that China will “call the shots” in providing them.
Eleven months after the first cases of a mystery disease were linked to a Chinese wildlife market, an investigation is finally, if tentatively, under way.
But critics have said that the effort, led by the WHO, is too little, too late, and that concessions to Beijing are undermining it.
The investigation is a collaboration between a WHO team of foreign experts — approved by Beijing from a list submitted by UN member states — and Chinese scientists.