Global study on COVID-19 origins finds lab origin “extremely unlikely”

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BEIJING, March 31 (Xinhua) — The WHO-China joint team on the global study of the origins of COVID-19 found that introduction through a laboratory incident is “extremely unlikely,” according to a senior Chinese expert of the joint team Wednesday.

Experts from the WHO and China jointly conducted the research in China and made an assessment of the likelihood of possible pathways, according to Liang Wannian, head of the Chinese side of the joint team, at a press briefing by Chinese members of the study.

According to a report on the China Part of the study, COVID-19 introduction through an intermediate host is “likely to very likely,” introduction through cold/food chain products is “possible,” and introduction through a laboratory incident is “extremely unlikely,” Liang said. Enditem

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