Though the world knows that Wuhan in china was the first place that reported the coronavirus case first in December 2019, some Chinese scientists claim that it can be that it did not originate in China. They debated that maybe the virus originated somewhere and entered china through foreign means and was reported there later. They further dragged India into the whole fiasco and said that the heat wave that occurred in May-June must have created room for the virus as animals and humans shared the “same water sources”.
Heat wave to be blamed
The Chinese scientists who claimed that the virus originated in India said that the heat wave that occurred during May-June 2019 in India that has caused animals and humans to share the same water resources might have triggered the formation of the virus. They further claimed that various imported foods in China have been found to have traces of the virus which also includes a fish consignment from India. By this evidence only, they want to prove that China was not the origin of the virus.
Chinese officials do not DISAGREE with the claim
Going at par with the scientists’ claim, Zhao Lijian the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said that “even though China was the first to report coronavirus but doesn’t necessarily mean China is where the virus originated”. He further added, “So we believe the origin process is a complex scientific issue which requires joint efforts on COVID-19 cooperation from the scientific community worldwide. Only by doing so can we guard against future risks because origin tracing is an evolving and sustained process that involves many countries and regions.”
The west experts refute saying it is a “flawed” claim
However, amidst the claims by the Chinese research experts and the foreign ministry officials, the west researchers refute the claim. An expert from the Glasgow university termed the entire report as “flawed” and also said that it has not “added any understanding” about covid-19 and that the approach was “inherently biased”. While the world is suffering a major economic loss and losing lives deliberately, China on the other hand is seen suffering a lesser economic crisis and is also on the verge of a better recovery rate.
The Policy Times suggestion
- China and India, both being on the list of the world’s top developing countries must not put the blame on each other for now as to where the virus originated. Rather they must focus on finding a solution to the problem that has brought down the world to a “halt” for many months and taken almost 1.4 million lives worldwide.
More than finding the origin of the virus, we must vest our energy and knowledge in finding the root cause of such a virus. If we can find the exact cause of the same then maybe we can prevent further spread of such a virus.’