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World Health Organization Official Said It Is ‘Too Early’ To Conclude That Coronavirus Originated From China

A top official with the World Health Organization said in a recent press conference that it is “definitely too early” to conclude that the novel coronavirus originated in China.

Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program, made the statement in a press conference Friday in Geneva, just as a team of WHO-backed scientists were beginning an investigation in Wuhan into the origins of the virus.

“I think we have to say this quite plainly; all hypotheses are on the table and it is definitely too early to come to a conclusion of exactly where this virus started either within or without China,” Ryan said at the press conference, also attended by WHO secretary Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Ryan had been asked by an NBC News reporter about denials from the head of China’s CDC that the virus originated in his country.

Ryan referred to virus found in sewage as well as blood tests conducted outside China that could indicate “earlier infection.”

Health researchers have said that the coronavirus likely popped up in Wuhan in November 2019. Debate has raged in recent months over whether the pandemic began in one of Wuhan’s wildlife markets or whether it was the result of a lab accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Ryan urged against drawing conclusions about where the virus originated.