WHO says COVID originated from animals, no sign of lab manipulation

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  • The World Health Organization said that the evidence that they have gathered so far suggests that COVID-19 originated from animals and was not manipulated in a lab
  • This, after reports circulated that the virus came from a Wuhan lab accidentally while China was attempting to compete with the way US identifies and combats virus
  • US President Donald Trump said they will investigate this, but the laboratory’s director already denied reports saying they are ‘entirely based on speculation’

Evidence gathered so far point at animals as the source of COVID-19, contrary to reports that it was manipulated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

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“All available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin and is not manipulated or constructed in a lab or somewhere else. It is probable, likely, that the virus is of animal origin,” WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said in a briefing, according to Channel News Asia.

She said it “most likely has its ecological reservoir in bats” but they have yet to find out how the virus in bats was transferred to people.

Chaib did not elaborate when asked about the possibility of the virus accidentally escaping the laboratory.

US President Donald Trump earlier said they will be investigating if COVID-19 originated from a Wuhan laboratory.

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In an exclusive report published on Fox News, sources who accessed open-source documents and evidence said there is an “increasing confidence” that the virus came from the laboratory. However, they clarified that it was not intended to be a bioweapon but “China’s attempt to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States.”

Wuhan Laboratory Director Yuan Zhiming already denied this and said “there is no way this virus came from us.”

He added that the reports are “entirely based on speculation and without evidence or knowledge.”