WHO Abandons Investigation into Whether Coronavirus Leaked from Wuhan Lab
Health body calls theory 'unlikely' despite growing evidence
A World Health Organization team tasked with investigating where the coronavirus originated from has said the theory of it being leaked from a lab near Wuhan, China, was "unlikely."
WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek claimed COVID-19 was likely spread from an animal to humans.
But the WHO and China have faced global criticism for their response to the pandemic.
China initially blocked WHO investigators from entering Wuhan for months.
Investigators were only allowed into the city in mid-January of this year.
"Our initial findings suggest that the introduction through an intermediary host species is the most likely pathway and one that will require more studies and more specific, targeted research," Embarek told reporters.
"However, the findings suggest that the laboratory incidents hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus to the human population," Embarek said.
"Therefore, it is not a hypothesis that we advise to suggest future studies ... into the understanding of the origin of the virus."
Neon Nettle revealed last month that Wuhan medics were secretly filmed, admitting they knew how dangerous COVID-19 was when it began to wreak havoc in China but say they were ordered by the ruling Chinese Communist Party to cover it up.
Medical professionals in Wuhan say they knew about coronavirus deaths as early as December 2019.
However, it was mid-January before China first reported a fatality to the World Health Organization (WHO).
They also realized that the virus was passing between humans, but hospitals were told: "not to tell the truth."
Last year, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was "enormous Evidence" the coronavirus came from a China lab.
"There's enormous evidence that that's where this began," Pompeo said on ABC's This Week.
"We've said from the beginning that this was a virus that originated in Wuhan, China," he continued.
"We took a lot of grief for that from the outset, but I think the whole world can see now."
"Remember, China has a history of infecting the world, and they have a history of running substandard laboratories," he added.
Dr. Anthony Fauci had previously backed funding for the Wuhan laboratory in China, which was studying the coronavirus in bats.
The revelations came after reports that Barack Obama's National Institutes of Health (NIH) sent a $3.7 million grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2015.
Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases gave $7.4 million to the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab, which has now put into question the origin of COVID-19, Newsweek reported.