Head of Health Emergencies, Dr. Michael Ryan, said WHO teams have consulted “again and again” with many scientists who have looked at the gene sequences and the virus, “and we are assured that this virus is natural in origin”.
Ryan said it was important to establish the natural host of the virus, which could help pave the way for a better understanding of it and ways to prevent and respond to future outbreaks.
On Thursday, Trump had once more criticized the WHO over its response to the pandemic while suggesting that China was behind the outbreak of the deadly virus.
Trump claimed he had seen evidence to prove that the coronavirus pandemic had spread from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
However, the president declined to give details, claiming he was not allowed to do so.
“I’m not allowed to tell you that,” he said at the White House news conference.
However, Trump went on once more to blame Beijing for negligence in its response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, letting the audience assume that the deadly virus could have been spread intentionally.
China, for its part, has repeatedly called on Trump to stop spreading lies and shifting blame.