Virus origin probe 'poisoned by politics', says WHO

WION Web Team
Geneva Updated: May 29, 2021, 12:33 AM(IST)

A child reacts while undergoing nucleic acid testing in Wuhan, the Chinese city hit hardest by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Hubei province, China May 16, 2020 Photograph:( Reuters )

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The WHO had sent a team of experts in January to find out the origins of the virus but it did not come up with a firm conclusion

As US President Joe Biden pushed the US intelligence community to find out the origin of the virus, World Health Organization's(WHO) emergencies chief Michael Ryan asserted that science should be separated from politics.

"This whole process is being poisoned by politics," Ryan said.

Meanwhile, the WHO spokesman said that "The technical team will prepare a proposal for the next studies." 

The WHO had sent a team of experts in January to find out the origins of the virus but it did not come up with a firm conclusion on the much-awaited virus origin even as WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus did not rule out any theory.

The virus leaking from the Wuhan lab gained traction once again after a report claimed that researchers in the Chinese lab had fallen ill one month before the country reported the case to the WHO.

China has however denied the virus leaked from the lab. 

Ryan however said that "If you expect scientists to do their work. If you expect scientists to collaborate and actually get the answers that you want, actually seek in an online environment to find the origin of the virus so we may all learn how to prevent this happening in future."

Ryan insisted that the probe should be conducted in a "depoliticised environment" where "science and health are the objective and not blame and politics." 

(With Agency inputs)

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