Member-states of the World Health Organization (WHO) agree that the origin tracing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) should not be politicized, according to Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program.
“The one consistent thing we’ve heard from all countries has been ‘let’s not politicize the science,’ and the next thing that happens is the science is politicized,” Ryan said.
“So what we want to do for all parties, and everybody is calling for this, there’s widespread agreement amongst all our member states, let’s not politicize the process,” he added.
The WHO was engaged in very positive consultations with a large number of member states, including China, on how to proceed with the next stages of the inquiry, he said.
Also, the accusation that the Covid-19 virus leaked from a laboratory in the central Chinese city of Wuhan is “more political in nature,” Didier Pittet, a leading infectious diseases expert at Geneva University Hospitals, has said.
There is no evidence that the coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan laboratory, Pittet, also inventor of the hand sanitizer, told Russia’s Sputnik news agency in an interview published Saturday.
People often forget that the first destructive bacteria escaping from a laboratory happened in the United States, he noted.