WHO Director-General Tedros Tedros said on the 11th that the international team of virus traceability will go to China on the 14th, and he thanked all countries, including China, for supporting the traceability of the virus.
WHO Director-General Tedros Tedros: It is very happy that the international team of experts will go to China to carry out scientific research on the origin of the novel coronavirus with their Chinese counterparts.
I would like to thank China and other countries for their strong support for the traceability of the virus, which is not only important for the response to the COVID-19 epidemic, but also for the future of global health and security. It is very important to deal with the threat of new diseases that may be pandemics.
WHO: The traceability of viruses should be based on science, not politics.
In response to reporters’ questions on the same day, Michael Ryan, the head of the WHO Health Emergency Project, said that the traceability of the virus is extremely important. The purpose of understanding the source of the virus is not to hold the responsibility, but to find scientific answers to the transmission path of people and animals, so as to avoid similar epidemics harming human society again.
Traceability activities must be based on scientific principles rather than politics.
Michael Ryan, WHO Health Emergency Project: The traceability of the virus is science, not politics. We look for the answer for future security.
Purposes other than science do not help scientific research and will undermine the trust between WHO and Member States.