WHO chief urges deeper probe into lab leak Covid-19 origins theory

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GENEVA – The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief called Tuesday (March 30) for investigators into the Covid-19 pandemic’s origins to delve deeper into a theory about a possible lab incident, which they all but ruled out.

“Although the team has concluded that a laboratory leak is the least likely hypothesis, this requires further investigation, potentially with additional missions involving specialist experts, which I am ready to deploy,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a briefing to WHO member states about the investigators’ long-awaited report after an international mission to Wuhan, China.

The WHO chief also voiced concern that the international team had difficulty accessing raw data during the mission, adding: “I expect future collaborative studies to include more timely and comprehensive data sharing.”

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