Here’s what the WHO report found on the origins of COVID-19
The long-awaited report answers some questions. But experts warn that discovering the virus’ true origins will take more digging.
A World Health Organization report released today says that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, most likely leapt from animals to humans through an emissary animal.
The dispatch marks the culmination of a month-long mission by a team of Chinese and international experts to uncover COVID-19’s true origins. According to the report, it’s probable the virus originated in a bat or pangolin before making the leap to people. The report also says that it’s “extremely unlikely” the highly transmissible virus escaped from a laboratory in China.
“All hypotheses remain on the table,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general, said in a statement released today, indicating the organization’s research is ongoing.
While the 120-page report resolves some queries, it