Peter Hotez dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston believes that specialists need to find out under what circumstances the coronavirus began to spread to avoid a repeat of this in the future.
Experts need to find out under what circumstances the new coronavirus began to spread, to avoid a repeat of this in the future. This opinion was expressed on NBC by the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (Texas), Peter Hotez.
According to the expert, who is also one of the leaders of the center for vaccine development in Texas, it is “vital” to get this information. “This is the third large-scale epidemic or pandemic of coronavirus in the XXI century,” he stated. “Mother Nature lets us know what will happen next. If we do not fully understand the origin of COVID-19, then there will be COVID-26 and COVID-32,” Hotez said.
According to the expert, a group of scientists, including virologists, epidemiologists, and bat experts, should be sent to Hubei Province for at least six months. According to Hotez, scientists should collect samples of the virus, as well as blood from humans and animals. “We need to do this. This is in the interests not only of China or the United States but also of the whole world,” Hotez added. The expert acknowledged that without the cooperation of Beijing, such studies are unlikely to be possible. “I think we need to really put a lot of pressure on China, that includes the possibility of sanctions,” he said.