The World Health Organization’s top emergency expert said Friday it was “highly speculative” for WHO to say that the coronavirus did not emerge in China, where it was first identified in a food market last December.
China is pushing through state media that the virus existed overseas before it was discovered in downtown Wuhan, citing the presence of coronavirus on imported freezer packs and scientific papers claiming it was spread in Europe last year .
“I think it is highly speculative for us to say that the disease did not emerge in China,” Mike Ryan said at a virtual briefing in Geneva after being asked if COVID-19 might have first appeared outside of China.
“From a public health perspective, it’s clear that you start your investigation where the human cases first appeared,” he added, saying that evidence could then lead to other locations.
He reiterated that the WHO intends to send researchers to the food market in Wuhan to further study how the virus was created.
The WHO has been accused by the Trump administration of being “China-centered”, which it has repeatedly denied.
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