Lessons learned about coronavirus response, but variants present new concern: WHO expert – CBC

Investigations into origins of viruses should begin immediately, scientist says

Feb 21, 2021

A number of lessons have already been gleaned about the international and scientific response to the novel coronavirus, but understanding emerging variants remains a murky area, the expert who led the recent World Health Organization (WHO) mission to China says.

“We clearly have to invest much more in understanding how these viruses are emerging,” Peter Ben Embarek said in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live.

“We also have to improve our surveillance of these emerging diseases so people [identify them] before they jump into humans. And when they emerge like last year, we shouldn’t wait too long before starting to look at the origin of these viruses.”

Those investigations should be happening in tandem with initial responses such as identifying treatment options and positive cases, Ben Embarek told CBC Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/who-covid-19-lessons-learned-variants-1.5922371

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