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WHO sticks with COVID-19 bat origin story

by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/29/21, 03:32 pm

The World Health Organization team that visited Wuhan, China, in January and February to investigate the origins of the novel coronavirus is expected to release its report on Tuesday. In a draft obtained by the Associated Press, the researchers, including Chinese scientists, said it is “extremely unlikely” that the virus leaked from a lab. The document describes four scenarios and labels transmission from bats through another animal as the most likely.

How reliable is the report? U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has told CNN he was concerned about the team’s methodology, including Beijing’s involvement. Multiple delays held up the investigation and report, and some suspect Chinese officials were interfering with results. Last year, China repeatedly prevented researchers from accessing areas and data associated with COVID-19. The country rebuffed all suggestions that it mishandled the early stages of the pandemic.

Dig Deeper: Read Julie Borg’s report in Beginnings on the origins of COVID-19.

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Charissa Koh

Charissa is a WORLD reporter who often writes about poverty fighting and prison reform, including profiling ministries in the annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion competition. She is also a part of WORLD's investigative unit, the Caleb Team. Charissa resides with her husband, Josh, in Austin, Texas. Follow her on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 03/30/2021 01:05 am

    I think in any matters concerning China, WHO lost too much credibility last year to be completely believed. 

    Posted: Tue, 03/30/2021 04:36 pm


    Posted: Tue, 03/30/2021 04:40 pm

    And more elderly Asians are being attacked. Recently in NYC. The attackers were black. People saw, but no one helped. Is this the typical new yorker of old who "doesn't want to get involved"? 

    The people who were witnesses and left the scene are being held responsible. We shall see.