Search for Origin of Coronavirus ‘Poisoned by Politics,’ WHO Says

About This Source - Bloomberg QuickTake: Now

Bloomberg L.P. is a privately held financial, software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

It was founded by Michael Bloomberg in 1981, with the help of Thomas Secunda, Duncan MacMillan, Charles Zegar, and a 12% ownership investment by Merrill Lynch.

Recent from Bloomberg QuickTake: Now:

  • Finnish and Danish Soccer Fans Chant in Support of Christian Eriksen During Euro 2020 Match
  • Joe Biden Says ‘The U.S. Is Back’ As He Meets Emmanuel Macron At The G-7 Summit
  • U.K. Climate Activists Demand Action from G-7 World Leaders
  • Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Search for Origin of Coronavirus ‘Poisoned by Politics,’ WHO Says” – below is their description.

    A top World Health Organization official on Friday criticised the fractious debate that has recently arisen between the US and China regarding the ongoing search for the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the whole process had been “poisoned by politics”.

    Speaking in Geneva, WHO emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan said it would likely take “multiple studies and multiple trips” to determine the original source of the coronavirus and allowed that the complexity of the task suggested that might not even be possible.

    Ryan said the claims in recent days over where the virus may have originated – fueled by US President Joe Biden’s order this week that US intelligence agencies renew their efforts into probing COVID-19’s source – were largely without evidence.

    “If you expect scientists to collaborate and actually get the answers that you want…we would ask that all this be done in a de-politicised environment, where science and health is the objective, and not blame and politics,” Ryan said.

    He added that all hypotheses as to how the pandemic began remained “on the table”.

    In a report issued in March, a WHO-led international team concluded that the most likely explanation for the pandemic was that the virus jumped into humans from bats, via an intermediary animal.

    WHO judged the likelihood of the outbreak starting in a laboratory as “extremely unlikely”.

    Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel

    Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

    In This Story: China

    China is the third largest country in the world by area and the largest country in the world by population. Properly known as the People’s Republic of China, the political territory of the country includes the former nations of Tibet and Hong Kong. The capital is Beijing.

    7 Recent Items: China

  • G7 summit : leaders take on China and plan to battle new pandemics
  • G7 Summit: leaders seek to rival China with grand infrastructure plan
  • G7 Summit: European allies are not happy over NI border dispute
  • Second day of G7 summit with world leaders in Cornwall – BBC News
  • Xi Jinping learns about Tibetan herdsmen’s life
  • G7 leaders develop plans to counter China and stop new pandemics
  • Whoever takes HK as a tool to curb China is HK’s real enemy: Official
  • In This Story: COVID-19

    Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

    Symptoms of coronavirus

    The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

    • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
    • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
    • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

    Latest News about Covid-19

    Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

    5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • IN FULL: Victorian authorities provide a briefing on the state’s flooding, COVID-19 | ABC News
  • Minnesota’s First Critically Ill Covid Patient Completes Ironman
  • G7 leaders plan to battle new pandemics and take on climate change
  • Boris Johnson warns UK will do “whatever it takes” on post-Brexit trade
  • COVID-19: PM is ‘less optimistic’ about easing restrictions as cases rise
  • In This Story: Joe Biden

    Joe Biden is an American politician serving as the 46th and current president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017 under Barack Obama and represented Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2009.

    He is married to Dr Jill Biden.

    Books by Joe Biden #Ad

    6 Recent Items: Joe Biden

  • Boris Johnson joins Scott Morrison’s first meeting with US President Joe Biden at G7 | ABC News
  • President Biden Meets With Allies On G-7 Summit Day Two
  • Boris Johnson warns UK will do “whatever it takes” on post-Brexit trade
  • Joe Biden Says ‘The U.S. Is Back’ As He Meets Emmanuel Macron At The G-7 Summit
  • Second day of G7 summit with world leaders in Cornwall – BBC News
  • ‘America is back’: Biden gets thumbs up from Macron at G7
  • In This Story: World Health Organization

    The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution, which establishes the agency’s governing structure and principles, states its main objective as “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.”

    3 Recent Items: World Health Organization

  • 如何戒烟?
  • WHO’s Science in 5 on COVID-19: vaccines and children
  • Violence against children – Eugenie’s story (short version)
  • Leave a Comment