"We ask to separate science from politics and leave us in an adequate, positive atmosphere to find answers. Politics poisons the investigation. Bringing WHO to the situation it is in now is unfair to scientists. This puts the organization in a position where it is impossible to give answers of interest to the world community," WHO Emergency Situations Director Mike Ryan said.
The WHO is under increasing pressure to launch a new investigation into the origin of the coronavirus. The launch date of the second phase of the investigation has not yet been set. First, the organization wants to wait for the recommendations of technical experts.
It is noted that US President Joe Biden on May 26 instructed US intelligence to intensify work to identify a possible accident at the Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China. The White House does not rule out that the leak of the virus from the laboratory of this institute could lead to a coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 3.5 million people.
Meanwhile, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in India, the COVAX program will face a shortage of 190 million doses of the vaccine by the end of June.
“Even though COVAX will have larger volumes available later in the year through the deals it has already secured with several manufacturers if we do not address the current, urgent shortfall the consequences could be catastrophic,” the statement says.