Covid 19 Origins
Covid 19 Origins News
The new team may be charged with examining whether the virus emerged from a lab, as well as broader inquiries into future virus risks and links with human behaviour
Whether the origin is zoonotic or not, it's necessary to question the consequences of our interactions with ecosystems.
US President Joe Biden ordered intelligence agencies to investigate the origin of the pandemic, including the lab leak theory.
The group of scientists wants a new inquiry to include biosecurity and biosafety experts to investigate the origins of COVID-19.
The main takeaway from this report is that more analysis should be conducted in order to get to the bottom of this.
An international team of WHO experts, visited Wuhan, suspect animals from rabbits to ferret badgers to raccoons and civets.
WHO COVID-19 origins report: Virus may have jumped from bats to humans via second animal; lab leak highly unlikely
Spread of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus through 'cold-chain' food products was possible but not likely, the researchers reported.
It wasn’t immediately clear when the international report will be released after its publication was delayed earlier this month.
Experts believe that SARS-CoV-2 originally came from bats, and jumped into humans via an intermediate animal.
The researchers claim to have established a link and a potential pathway for the early COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan.
The team found no proof of the disease spreading earlier than the initial outbreak in the second half of December 2019.
Possible visits after a 14-day quarantine are to the market where the first cases came up in December 2019, and the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
A single scientific visit is unlikely to confirm the origins; it could take years of genetic analysis and epidemiological studies to find an answer.
A Cambridge study, which is yet to be peer-reviewed, has used genetic data to suggest that COVID-19 may have originated in September.