The World Health Organization (WHO) will send a mission to China to study the origin of coronavirus. This was announced on Monday, May,25 by Michael Ryan, director of WHO’s health emergency programme.
“We are in the process of discussing it with our colleagues from China. As far as I understand, no specific date for the scientific mission has been set. But we are waiting for the possibility of such a mission with scientists from different countries as soon as possible,” he says on the organization’s Twitter.
The mission will be to ‘understand the origins of the coronavirus’, Ryan said. He also added that China is open to such an approach.
In early May, U.S. President Donald Trump said he had information about the creation of the coronavirus in the Chinese Wuhan laboratory. In turn, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington had “huge evidence” of the virus’s artificial origin.
At the same time, U.S. scientists have denied theories about the creation of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19, in the laboratory.
Despite this, on May 13, the U.S. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham submitted to Congress a bill that would allow Trump to impose sanctions on China for its refusal to cooperate in investigations into the origin of the coronavirus infection.
China protested the situation and said that the US authorities are starting an investigation with a presumption of guilt against China.