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Report From World Health Organization Says Covid-19 Likely Came From Animals


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  • A new report from the World Health Organization and China concludes that the origins of Covid-19 very likely came from animal-to-human transmission and that the chances of a lab leak being the source are “extremely unlikely.”

  • The report, obtained by the Associated Press, is expected to be released in the next few days and details the reasoning behind the conclusion. It also calls for further research into the origins.

  • The report details several potential scenarios for the origins of the virus, but says that transmission from bats to a second animal and then to humans is the most likely source.

  • The Wuhan Institute of Virology has been under speculation as to being the source of the Covid-19 virus, something the Chinese government has strongly denied and the WHO has determined is unlikely.

  • Actual confirmation of the origins of the virus is likely to take several years as it is difficult to pin down the source of an outbreak.


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