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WHO report says animals likeliest origin of Covid-19, minimises lab hypothesis

Referring to the team's investigation into the theory that the pandemic could have resulted from a laboratory leak, Tedros said that he did "not believe that this assessment was extensive enough". Possible intermediate host species include mink, pangolins, rabbits, raccoon dogs and ferret badgers, the report said. "From what I've seen, there was nothing shocking and unexpected in there".

The Covid-19 pandemic origins report looked into four hypotheses as to how the virus entered the human species, ranking them from the most to the least likely. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyses said that worldwide experts will hold press conferences to explain what came out in their investigation.

In the 120-page report, the World Health Organization said the likelihood the virus emerged in one animal species then transferred to another species before reaching humans was "likely".

The findings in the document were first reported Monday by The Associated Press.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had earlier made a similar criticism, saying the global team he dispatched to Wuhan had found it hard to get raw data during the mission.

Arguments against "There is no conclusive evidence for foodborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and the probability of a cold-chain contamination with the virus from a reservoir is very low", the report said.

While the search has become highly politicized, governments and scientists agree that deciphering the virus's creation story is key to reducing the risk of future pandemics.

Direct transmission from an animal species into the human population. And the report said the possibility that the coronavirus originated from a leak at a laboratory was "extremely unlikely".

Samples from bats and other animals in China didn't test positive for the pandemic virus.

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Twelve months later, there have been more than 127 million cases of COVID-19 around the world, with 2.8 million people dying from the disease.

Still, the report noted that the Wuhan CDC laboratory moved in early December to a location near the Huanan market, and "such moves can be disruptive for the operations of any laboratory". State media has claimed that the virus may have arrived in Wuhan on frozen food imports .

Matthew Kavanagh of Georgetown University said the report deepened the understanding of the virus's origins, but more information was needed.

The market was an early suspect because some stalls sold a range of unusual animals, and some wondered if they had brought the new virus to Wuhan.

It also pointed out that "antibodies to bat coronavirus proteins have been found in humans with close contact to bats". Tedros recommended a full analysis of the trade in animals and products in markets across Wuhan, particularly those linked to early human cases.

A woman adjusts her glasses in Wuhan, the epicenter of China's coronavirus outbreak, in March 2020. World Health Organization experts have, however, dismissed the claim.

Last year, an AP investigation found the Chinese government was strictly controlling all research into its origins.

The U.S. has "real concerns about the methodology and the process" of the report, including that the Chinese government "apparently helped to write it", Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on CNN.

The authors suggest that the most productive research would be to find such an animal link, saying the hypothesis of lab leaks was extremely unlikely, according to a draft of the report, which was obtained by Bloomberg News before it's due to be published Tuesday.

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