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Search for Virus Origin Heats Up With WHO Seeking China Mission

  • WHO talks with China on ‘academic’ trip to find animal origin
  • Pompeo says China still refusing to share virus samples
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Watch: Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO epidemiologist, says the UN agency is considering a new mission to seek the source of the coronavirus in China.(Source: WHO/Bloomberg)
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The World Health Organization is considering a new mission to seek the source of the coronavirus in China, amid growing controversy over the origin of a pandemic that has killed more than a quarter of a million people.

“Without knowing where the animal origin is, it’s hard to prevent it from happening again,” Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO epidemiologist, said at a press briefing Wednesday. “There is discussion with our counterparts in China for a further mission, which would be more academic in focus, and really focus on looking at what happened at the beginning in terms of exposures with different animals,” she added.