The deadly coronavirus which emerged in China’s Wuhan province has now infected more than 63 million people worldwide, and claimed the lives of more than 1.4 million.A recent research report from China was released yesterday which claimed that Covid -19 was first originated in India or Bangladesh. In response to the same the Director-General in the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) ,Dr. Shekhar C Mande said that the studies were badly done and was very well riddled with errors. The research report first came in ‘South China Morning Post’ which proposed that the first transmission of SARS-CoV-2 may have taken place on the Indian subcontinent.
“There is a paper which is under consideration of publication in Lancet. It has not been peer-reviewed yet, so we can’t say what the peer review system will do to it. But it claims that the origin of the SARS-CoV2 virus is in India, and having read the paper myself fully and thoroughly understood what it says, the study is very shoddily done. The analysis was very badly done, and I don’t think it will stand the scrutiny of a peer review system,” said Dr Mande.“The combination of methodologies that they have used to show that the virus originates in India or Bangladesh is quite faulty, it is not right. For example, they have taken sequences from one database. That database has only selective sequences that have been submitted. So it is not a random sample of sequence,” he added.Dr Mande further said that the Chinese reported a high monkey-human interaction in India, which got absolutely nothing to do with the coronavirus.
During a media briefing on Monday, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that some countries are politicising the origin of the virus.“We’re doing everything to make sure that we know the origin. Some have been politicising this. Our position is very clear that we’ll start the study from Wuhan, know what has happened there and based on findings, to explore if there are other avenues,” said Ghebreyesus.
With reference to the statement made by the WHO Director General , Dr Mande further added , “WHO goes very rationally about finding these things. We don’t need to bring any political angle to it, what we want is to go to the bottom of the truth and there is science behind it. Scientifically, we explore every question and try to see where the origin of the virus is, and today the consensus is that the origin of the virus is in Wuhan province of China. So there is a general consensus in the world and it is what we would like to trust,”
Dr Mande also said that there are many loopholes in the study made by China and hence the truthfulness could not be confirmed at all. Being said that he added that this study can comfortably be denied. He had pointed out many things like the study design, analysis and the conduct are all faulty.