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Research on link of COVID, cold chain urged
Updated: 2021-09-01| CHINA DAILY
Chinese researchers are calling for global cooperation to improve understanding of the spread of SARS-CoV-2 via cold chains as part of efforts to trace the origins of the virus.
The first phase of WHO-organized studies into the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19 wrapped up in China in February and identified the cold-chain theory as a possible explanation for its spread across populations.
“The cold-chain industry inherently spans the globe. As we are seeing a large amount of science-based evidence pointing to the virus’ spread via cold chains, we suggest the next phase of origin-tracing work involve concerted cold-chain studies under a global framework,” Liu Jun, a professor at the National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Friday.
He said Chinese scientists will continue to focus on cold-chain products that arrived in Wuhan, Hubei province, in the four months before the virus emerged in the city in late 2019. Samples will be taken and tested from cold storage…
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