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Just days after saying the COVID lab leak theory needed “further investigation”, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) privately told a senior European politician that the pandemic originated in the infamous famous Chinese laboratory in Wuhan, according to a report.

According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the most likely explanation was a catastrophic accident at a lab in Wuhan, where infections first spread in late 2019, the Daily Mail reported.

However, the UN health agency publicly maintains that “all hypotheses remain on the table”.

Initially, the WHO was criticized for its deferential approach to China, but in the absence of convincing evidence of “zoonotic” spread, the global agency is now taking a more neutral public stance, the report said.

“We don’t yet have answers as to where it came from or how it entered the human population. Understanding the origins of the virus is very important scientifically to prevent future epidemics and pandemics,” Ghebreyesus reportedly said. this month.

“But morally, we also owe it to all those who have suffered and died and their families. The longer it takes, the more difficult it becomes. We need to step up and act with a sense of urgency.

“All hypotheses must remain on the table until we have evidence that allows us to rule out certain hypotheses. This makes it all the more urgent that this scientific work be separated from politics,” he said. declared.

The origin of COVID-19 has remained the subject of political and scientific debate, with scientists and politicians around the world claiming that the coronavirus jumped into people from bats or was leaked from a laboratory. The WHO, in its initial assessment, said it was “extremely unlikely” that COVID-19 spread to humans from a lab, but the agency later admitted flaws in it. the report and ordered a new investigation.

In a recent report by the Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of New Pathogens (SAGO), the expert group created in 2021 to research the causes of the pandemic by the WHO shared that “key pieces of data are not still available for a full understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic began.”

The report, however, suggests the virus likely originated in animals, likely bats. But he also didn’t rule out the possibility of a lab leak, citing a lack of clear data.

Meanwhile, WHO experts, including the SAGO panel, have argued that China is not cooperating with the original COVID-19 probe. Ghebreyesus also called for “the full cooperation of all countries, including China, where the first cases of SARS-CoV-2 were reported.”

China, for its part, has from the start protested that the lab leak claims were just a “conspiracy theory”. He also claimed that the virus originated in the United States.

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