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The director of Health Emergencies of the World Health Organization (WHO), Mike Ryan, regretted this Friday that the investigation of the origins of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 “get poisoned by politics”, In the week in which the United States has increased its pressure to continue these studies.

We would like everyone to separate, if they can, politics from science “, said the Irish expert, who complained that in recent days they are “watching speeches in the media with very little true news or evidence”.

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Every country is free to defend its own theories of origin“-He assured-, but warned:”To work we need space“And the current situation”puts WHO in an impossible position when looking for answers”.

The American President, Joe Biden, has requested this week that the origins of the coronavirus be investigated within 90 days, using if necessary data collected by US intelligence or those from other countries.

Security personnel stand guard outside the Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP). (HECTOR RETAMAL /)

This has resurrected the theory that the coronavirus could originate in a virological laboratory of Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the first cases of COVID-19 occurred at the end of 2019, despite the fact that experts from the mission of the WHO a China They stressed earlier this year that this hypothesis was the least likely.

After their trip to the Asian country, which encountered numerous bureaucratic obstacles on the Chinese side, these experts concluded that the most likely hypothesis of the origin of the coronavirus was a still unconfirmed wild animal, from which it was transmitted to humans through one or more intermediate species.

Ryan assured today that the WHO and Member States are shuffling different experts to participate in the next phase of investigating the origins of the coronavirus, but in contrast to the 90 days required by Biden noted that “it is going to require many missions to elucidate them, if it is ever achieved”.

The emergency director recalled that the WHO maintains all the theories on the table (despite the fact that some are considered more probable than others), but assured that to study them you need “a positive atmosphere, a process driven by solidarity”.

Politics makes things difficult, let the scientists keep working“Added the head of the anticovid technical cell of the WHO, Maria van Kerkhove, who asked everyone to correctly manage their expectations on the thorny question of the origins of the coronavirus.

This week, the WHO celebrates its annual assembly, and in it also the US Secretary of Health, Xavier Becerra, asked that studies be given “independent and transparent”Of the origin of coronavirus.

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