GENEVA – The World Health Organization’s leading emergency situation specialist said on Friday it would be “extremely speculative” for the WHO to say the coronavirus did not emerge in China, where it was initially identified in a grocery store in December last year.
China is pressing a narrative through state media that the infection existed abroad before it was found in the main city of Wuhan, citing the presence of coronavirus on imported frozen food packaging and clinical documents declaring it had been circulating in Europe in 2015.
“I believe it’s highly speculative for us to state that the disease did not emerge in China,” Mike Ryan stated at a virtual instruction in Geneva after being asked if COVID-19 might have first emerged outside China.
“It is clear from a public health point of view that you begin your investigations where the human cases initially emerged,” he added, stating that evidence might then cause other places.
He duplicated that the WHO intended to send scientists to the Wuhan food market to penetrate the virus origins even more.
The WHO has actually been implicated by the Trump administration of being “China-centric”, accusations it has actually consistently rejected. — Reuters