A photo taken in the late hours of May 29, 2020 shows a sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) at their headquarters in Geneva amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 3:05 PM PT – Monday, January 11, 2021
Experts from the World Health Organization are set to visit China to investigate the origins of COVID-19. On Monday, China announced that WHO experts will arrive on Thursday to conduct a field visit and probe origins of the virus.
The visit comes amid international concerns over China’s lack of transparency over the initial COVID-19 outbreak in 2019.
Chinese experts will be present throughout the investigation alongside the WHO.
“After negotiation between the two parties, the Chinese government agreed that the World Health Organization’s international team of experts will come to China on January 14 to communicate with Chinese scientists and medical experts about scientific cooperation on the origins of the new coronavirus,” Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
It is still unclear whether the WHO scientists will be able to visit Wuhan, where cases of coronavirus were first reported.