Expert: Precise origin of COVID-19 needed to prevent future pandemics

Expert: Precise origin of COVID-19 needed to prevent future pandemics
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[Ed. – It makes sense.  Both a flu strain (H5N1) and this coronavirus have implicated bats.  Even if COVID-19 became especially virulent through gain-of-function manipulation, it still traces to bats.  Hotez seems to be right: we must know more about COVID-19’s origins to combat future viruses.]

A full investigation into the origin of COVID-19 in China is “absolutely critical” in order to prevent future pandemics — and avoid “COVID-32,” an expert warned Sunday.

“There’s going to be COVID-26 and COVID-32 unless we fully understand the origins of COVID-19. This is absolutely critical,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” …

Hotez said … the US needs to send experts to the original epicenter of the pandemic in Wuhan.

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“We need a team of scientists, genealogists, biologists, bat ecologists in the Hubei province for six months to a year-long period and fully unravel the origins of COVID-19.”

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