The New Paper

February 9, 2021

WHO researchers deliver preliminary update on coronavirus investigation

WHO researchers delivered a preliminary update on their investigation into the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China today. While the investigation is ongoing, the researchers found that the virus was likely transmitted from an animal to humans and that it was unlikely to have come from a laboratory.

More context: The coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan in late 2019. A team of WHO researchers arrived in January to investigate the virus’ origins (following months of negotiations with the Chinese government). The group includes researchers from nine countries (including the US, Germany, Japan, and Russia).
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