World Health Organization (WHO) mission to China says the source of the coronavirus has not been found saying lab leak virus theory is extremely unlikely.
The scientists on the.mission says they have failed to uncover the origins of the coronavirus, believing that the killer disease which has claimed more than 2.3 million people worldwide originated in bats and could have been transmitted to humans via another mammal.
“…the reservoir hosts remain to be identified”, Liang Wannian, head of the China team, told reporters.
He added that studies showed the virus “can be carried long-distance on cold chain products,” appearing to nudge towards the possible importation of the virus — a theory that has abounded in China in recent months.
He also said there was “no indication” the sickness was in circulation in Wuhan before December 2019 when the first official cases have been recorded.
The mission is a diplomatically knotty one, which was trailed before it began by fears of a whitewash, with the US demanding a “robust” probe and China firing back with a warning not to “politicise” the investigation.
The experts spent one month in China, two weeks in quarantine and the same again on fieldwork.
Former US president Donald Trump repeated a controversial theory that a lab leak may have been the source of the pandemic.
Scientists at the laboratory conduct research on some of the world’s most dangerous diseases, including strains of bat coronaviruses similar to Covid-19.