//How did the pandemic start?

How did the pandemic start?

Viral origins

Reporting Tuesday

Team hit the ground one year after outbreak

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/who-wuhan-report-/2021/03/29/cb6ca64e-7778-11eb-9489-8f7dacd51e75_story.html

Joint World Health Organization-China report

Coronavirus most likely jumped from animals to humans via an intermediate animal host

Downplays the possibility it leaked from a lab

Recommends further study, path of transmission between animals and humans

Transmission through frozen food

Does not recommend additional research on the lab leak hypothesis

US Secretary of State Antony Blinke

Concerns about the methodology and the process

the fact that the government in Beijing apparently helped to write it

Jake Sullivan, national security

It is imperative that this report be independent, with expert findings free from intervention or alteration by the Chinese government

To better understand this pandemic and prepare for the next one, China must make available it’s data from the earliest days of the outbreak

Much data collected by Chinese scientists, ahead of visit, then analyzed by the joint team

Dominic Dwyer, Australian microbiologist team member

I mean, yes, we did a three-hour visit.

And it was sort of managed in the sense that there’s a lot of people there, and we do a tour.

But we did get to ask questions

You could do, if so desired, a more detailed forensic examination

But that is another whole negotiation and discussion

CDC, Right now, I’m scared

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/03/29/coronavirus-covid-live-updates-us/

Rochelle Walensky

7 day average, about + 60,000 per day

Up 10%

Death rate up 3%

I’m going to lose the script and I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom

We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope. But right now, I’m scared

Infectious diseases physician at Massachusetts General Hospital

U.S. trajectory mirrors the trends a few weeks ago in Europe

Please hold on a little while longer. I so badly want to be done

We are just almost there, but not quite yet

Country does not have the luxury of inaction

WH working on standardized vaccine passport

UK government update

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/slides-and-datasets-to-accompany-coronavirus-press-conference-29-march-2021

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/974356/2021-03-29_COVID-19_Press_Conference_Slides__for_publication_.pdf

UK roadmap

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52530518

The coronavirus vaccine programme continues to go to plan

Vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying or needing hospital treatment

Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospital admissions

New coronavirus variants do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions