Covid-19 likely came from animal, not a lab, WHO draft report finds

But the WHO investigation has not found what other animal was infected by a bat
A laboratory leak is the least likely source, the WHO's joint international team concluded. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: A World Health Organization draft report finds Covid-19 probably came to people through an animal, and the virus was likely started spreading no more than a month or two before it was noticed in December of 2019.

A laboratory leak is the least likely source, the WHO’s joint international team concluded.

WHO is scheduled to release the final report on its investigation and findings into the origins of Covid-19 on Tuesday, but a draft version of the report shows there is still no smoking gun and no evidence suggesting the disease was spreading any earlier than the very end of 2019.

The report gives four possible sources for Covid-19 and the most possible scenario is via an intermediate animal host, possibly a wild animal captured and then raised on a farm.

But the WHO investigation has not found what other animal was infected by a bat — considered the most likely original source of the notorious pandemic — and then may have transmitted it to a human. The report reads: “The possible intermediate host of SARS-CoV-2 remains elusive.”

Next likely reason is direct transmission from one of the animals known to carry a similar coronavirus, such as a pangolin and a bat. Possible but not probable is transmission from chilled or frozen food, and least likely is an accidental laboratory release, the report says.

Former US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield told in an interview with CNN that his personal opinion was the virus was released from a lab.

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