Published: 2021-02-09 16:34
Last Updated: 2021-05-07 14:16
The joint mission of WHO and China experts said Tuesday that there is not enough evidence to confirm that the new coronavirus was spreading in Wuhan, in central China, before December 2019.
"There is no indication of SARS-Cove-2 transmission in the population in the period leading up to December 2019," said Liang Wanyan, head of the China team, at a press conference, adding that "there is not enough evidence" to determine whether the virus has spread in the city before that. He pointed out that the transmission of infection from an animal is likely.
However, Peter Ben Embark, head of the WHO mission to Wuhan, explained that this hypothesis "requires more specific research."
Embark announced that the hypothesis of a coronavirus leak from a laboratory was "extremely unlikely."
The administration of former US President Donald Trump had accused the Virology Laboratory in Wuhan of being behind the accidental or deliberate leakage of the virus.