WHO Experts Say Covid Probably Came To Humans From Animals

Experts believe the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the Covid-19 disease originally came from bats.

A team of international experts from WHO will present details of their findings today. These findings are the parts if ongoing mission being conducted in China. The study concluded that Covid-19 probably passes to humans from bat via an intermediary animal, all but it was ruled out by a laboratory leak.

World Health Organization (WHO), drafted a report that appointed international experts and their Chinese counterparts and the report offers no conclusive answers on how the new coronavirus jumped to humans.

AFP obtained a copy of the final report ahead of its official publication on Tuesday.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general said on Tuesday the international experts is likely to hold a press conference at 1400 GMT to discuss their findings which will add all the hypotheses on the pandemic’s origins remained open and needed further study.

More than 2.7 million people worldwide have been killed by Covid-19 in the 15 months. Since the outbreak, the governments across the world to imposed restrictions that have impacted the global economy.

UN chief Antonio Guterres, ahead of meeting with world leaders has called  for more debt relief for the poorest countries struggling with economic fallout from the pandemic.

In the United States, there was positive news about progress of its vaccine roll-out, but President Joe Biden warned Americans the battle was far from over.

Beijing’s theory that the virus did not originate in China at all but was imported in frozen food was judged “possible” but very unlikely.

Claims were promoted by former US president Donald Trump’s administration that the virus escaped from a research lab were judged “extremely unlikely.”

Meanwhile, UN chief Guterres called for a “new debt mechanism” allowing such options as debt swaps, buy-backs and cancellations to help worse-off countries.

Mexico, meanwhile, released new figures on excess deaths that suggest its official coronavirus death toll — already the third-highest in the world — is a massive underestimate.

Other reports of experts on the origin of Covid-19 have had a troubled birth, the publication delays added to the hold-ups and diplomatic wrangling that plagued the WHO’s attempts to get experts into Wuhan.

They finally arrived on January 14, more than a year after the first cases surfaced.

Experts believe the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the Covid-19 disease originally came from bats.

However, the report authors judged that the most likely scenario was that it had made a direct leap to humans, while not ruling out other theories.

Beijing’s theory that the virus did not originate in China at all but was imported in frozen food was judged “possible” but very unlikely.

Claims promoted by former US president Donald Trump’s administration that the virus escaped from a research lab were judged “extremely unlikely.”

Meanwhile, UN chief Guterres called for a “new debt mechanism” allowing such options as debt swaps, buy-backs and cancellations to help worse-off countries.

Addressing an online forum that included dozens of world leaders, he said the pandemic has pushed the world to “the verge of a debt crisis” and required “urgent action.”

“We need to change the rules,” he argued.

The pandemic had also “shattered the lives” of millions of women and girls and reversed progress towards gender equality, he said.

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