World Health Organization report on COVID-19 origin inconclusive, calls for further studies

Four sources of COVID-19 pandemic revealed by WHO

The scientists suggested future studies take a wider geographical approach, including Southeast Asia, and investigate susceptible animal species more closely.

The report from the team of scientists was published after a leaked copy of the report circulated on Monday. Possible host species include mink, pangolins, rabbits and ferret badgers, the report said. "We've got real concerns about the methodology and the process that went into that report", he said. "From what I've seen, there was nothing shocking and unexpected in there".

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020.

Asked to comment further on its conclusions, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "As I have said all hypotheses are on the table and warrant complete and further studies".

Key takeaways from WHO report on Sars-Cov-2 origins:Lab Leak theoryThe WHO team visited several laboratories in Wuhan to consider the possibility that the virus entered the human population as a result of a laboratory incident, said the report.

German global development minister Gerd Mueller said at the same briefing that he welcomed China's cooperation with the probe, which took place in January-February. The WHO has repeatedly said the report's conclusions are independent and belong to the authors. The research was aimed at galvanizing efforts to trace the origin of the virus that touched off the worst pandemic in more than a century, as well as its route of transmission to humans and the possible role of an intermediate animal host.

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The two likeliest supported the consensus around the theory that the SARS-CoV-2 virus evolved in bats and began infecting humans either directly or through an intermediary species. The report, compiled by WHO-appointed worldwide experts and their Chinese counterparts, did not draw any firm conclusions but did rank a range of hypotheses according to how likely they thought they were.

The pandemic has killed almost 2.8 million people worldwide since it first emerged in Wuhan in late 2019, with several countries now battling new waves of infection and being forced to take drastic measures.

During the visit to Wuhan, Chinese officials refused to share raw data about some of the earliest possible virus cases with the World Health Organization team, frustrating some of the visiting scientists. In fact, it claimed that the virus did not originate in the country and came into the country from imported frozen food.

"Genome analysis reveals that bats may be the source of SARS-CoV-2", said the report.

Sales records showed 10 stalls at the Huanan market in late December sold animals or products from snakes, poultry, Sika deer, badgers, rabbits, bamboo rats, porcupines, hedgehogs, salamanders, giant salamanders, and crocodiles.

Bats are known to carry coronaviruses and scientists have found the closest relative of the new coronavirus in bats in China. Liang Wannian, a member of the WHO-China joint study team, told the Communist Party-affiliated Global Times on March 17 that raw data requiring special attention such as an early case database and epidemiological survey forms was shared with the WHO experts. But most health experts have said it is unlikely the new coronavirus came from a lab or was engineered by humans. Their research relied on samples and evidence provided by Chinese officials.

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