The WHO plans to run tests with Italian researchers who made waves earlier this month for their peer-reviewed findings based on tests of blood samples from a cancer screening carried out before the coronavirus was detected in China. Photo: AFP The WHO plans to run tests with Italian researchers who made waves earlier this month for their peer-reviewed findings based on tests of blood samples from a cancer screening carried out before the coronavirus was detected in China. Photo: AFP
The WHO plans to run tests with Italian researchers who made waves earlier this month for their peer-reviewed findings based on tests of blood samples from a cancer screening carried out before the coronavirus was detected in China. Photo: AFP

Coronavirus: WHO to look at controversial Italian samples in search for origins

  • Health body to work with researchers whose study suggested that the virus may have been in Italy months before Covid-19 erupted in China
  • But the WHO investigation to find where it all began will still start in Wuhan, where the first outbreak was reported

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
The WHO plans to run tests with Italian researchers who made waves earlier this month for their peer-reviewed findings based on tests of blood samples from a cancer screening carried out before the coronavirus was detected in China. Photo: AFP The WHO plans to run tests with Italian researchers who made waves earlier this month for their peer-reviewed findings based on tests of blood samples from a cancer screening carried out before the coronavirus was detected in China. Photo: AFP
The WHO plans to run tests with Italian researchers who made waves earlier this month for their peer-reviewed findings based on tests of blood samples from a cancer screening carried out before the coronavirus was detected in China. Photo: AFP

Corrected [3:55pm, 30 Nov, 2020]

  • [3:55pm, 30 Nov, 2020]

    An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Zeng Guang, former Chinese CDC chief epidemiologist, referred to the Italian research in a speech at a recent academic conference.

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