At the end of their mission in China, experts from the World Health Organization believe thatan animal causing the Covid-19 pandemic is the “most likely” line of research.
However, experts failed to conclude with certainty and more precision on the origin of SARS-Cov-2.
Liang Wannian, chief of Chinese experts at the WHO: “SARS-COV-2 may be due to zoological transmission, but the host animal has not yet been identified.”
China for its part does not rule out the thesis of transmission of the virus via frozen food products imported from abroad.
Peter Ben Embarek, WHO chief of mission: “You heard it, Professor Wannian gave the details, and the conclusion is that we have not found traces of strong contamination linked to Covid-19 before December 2019, neither in Wuhan, nor elsewhere. “
The first cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Wuhan, central China, in December 2019.
Finding the origins of transmission of the virus to humans would help better fight a possible epidemic.
WHO experts consider “highly improbable” the hypothesis that the pandemic could have originated from the leak of a laboratory.
The role in the pandemic of the Wuhan market, where live wild animals are sold, “remains unknown”.
According to estimates, since its appearance a little over a year ago, the Covid-19 has killed more than 2,325 million people worldwide.