WHO dismisses China lab leak idea on Covid

Wuhan (China), February 9

Covid most likely first appeared in humans after jumping from an animal, a team of international and Chinese scientists looking for the Covid origins said on Tuesday. It dismissed the theory that the virus leaked from a Chinese lab.

A closely watched visit by WHO experts to Wuhan, where first case of virus surfaced, did not dramatically change the current understanding of the early days of the pandemic, said Peter Ben Embarek, the leader of the WHO mission. But it did “add details to that story,” he said as the group wrapped up a nearly four-week visit. — Agencies

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