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WHO Rejects Virus Lab Theory, Saying Animals Likely Source

  • Animal host, frozen wildlife products are possible routes
  • Expert group probing virus origins concludes mission in Wuhan
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WATCH: Dr. Amesh Adalja, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security senior scholar, discusses the importance of learning about the origins of Covid-19.Source: Bloomberg)
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A World Health Organization-led investigation in China found that the coronavirus most likely jumped to humans through an animal host or frozen wildlife products, finding that it’s “extremely unlikely” it came from a laboratory leak.

No further research is needed to look into the theory about a leak, Peter Ben Embarek, a WHO food-safety scientist, told reporters Tuesday at a joint briefing with China in Wuhan, the city where Covid-19 first mushroomed at the end of 2019. That speculation has been promulgated by former U.S. President Donald Trump and some others.