Jan. 11 (UPI) — A World Well being Group crew probing the origins of the coronavirus pandemic will arrive in China this week to formally start their work, Chinese language officers mentioned Monday.

Chinese language Overseas Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian confirmed a quick earlier announcement by the Nationwide Well being Fee of China {that a} crew of WHO specialists will arrive within the nation Thursday — per week after the WHO publicly expressed frustration that they have been being blocked.

“Upon session between the 2 sides, the Chinese language authorities has agreed to the go to by WHO specialists on January 14,” Zhao instructed reporters in Beijing. “In the course of the go to, the worldwide specialists will maintain exchanges with Chinese language scientists and medical specialists over scientific cooperation in origin-tracing.”

A breakthrough within the obvious standoff was first introduced Saturday when Nationwide Well being Fee Deputy Director Zeng Yixin mentioned the phrases of the go to had been agreed to however the time of arrival was nonetheless being decided.

WHO Director-Common Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned final week the well being company had realized that Chinese language officers had not granted its investigation crew permission to enter the nation.

Mike Ryan, the manager director of the WHO Well being Emergencies Program, mentioned the problems needed to do with visa clearances.

In Could, the WHO authorized a decision led by the European Union and Australia to determine an unbiased investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, regardless of China’s pushback.

The primary circumstances emerged in late December 2019 within the central Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan.

“The 2 sides have reached a primary consensus on origin-tracing, which is a scientific subject that must be collectively studied by scientists all around the world,” Zhao mentioned Monday.

The WHO’s origin-tracing efforts, he added, will ultimately seemingly “contain many international locations and localities” as new developments emerge, and that the company “might want to pay related visits to different international locations and areas as the necessity arises.

“China will proceed shut cooperation with WHO and worldwide specialists and contribute our share to the worldwide origin-tracing work,” he mentioned.