The World Health Organization team that travelled  China earlier this year to study the origins of the Covid 19 pandemic , a official  states  that he had  concerns about the safety standards at a laboratory close to the seafood market where the first cases were detected, several news reports on Friday showed  according  to a documentary released on Thursday by Danish television channel TV2.

Peter Ben Embarek, a WHO expert of disease transmission from animals to humans, the Associated Press reported said ,The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Wuhan branch was handling coronaviruses “without potentially having the same level of expertise or safety or who knows,” .

 Ben Embarek made these remarks during a conference call  in January, report.  Ben Embarek inspected the stalls at the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan. He said that the  people who worked in handling live animals in the market could have raised the possibility of the virus infecting people at the market.

He also expressed his concerns about the Chinese CDC’s Wuhan branch, which were not previously disclosed by the WHO. Several experts have questioned the possibility of a lab accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology but the CDC lab has not been the subject of such discussions. “What is more concerning to me is the other lab. The one that is next to the market,”

   The  report  said that a direct zoonotic spillover is considered to be “a possible-to-likely pathway.”   AP quoted Ben Embarek as saying about the CDC lab, which is 500 meters away from the Huanan market. In a separate interview to the channel TV2 in June, Ben Embarek also had said that a lab staffer being infected with the coronavirus while collecting bat samples was “likely.”

The WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was “premature” to rule out the possibility of a lab leak of the virus.The  report present  that the introduction of the disease through an intermediate host is considered a “likely to very likely” pathway, it also said that the introduction through cold or food chain products is a “possible pathway.”


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