The WHO mission to China to uncover the origins of the coronavirus has failed to identify the animal source.
The inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic wrapped up its mission in China.
The inquiry failed to achieve any breakthrough to ascertain the source of coronavirus.
The team of experts ruled out the theory that COVID-19 came from a lab.
The investigators also failing to identify the animal from which the deadly virus may have passed onto humans.
“It remains unclear which species first transmitted COVID-19 to humans,” said Liang Wannian, who headed up the Chinese contingent of an inquiry carried out jointly with World Health Organization experts.
Liang Wannian, head of the China team told reporters that studies showed the virus “can be carried long-distance on cold chain products.”
WHO expert Ben Embarek said, “There is no indication the sickness was circulating in Wuhan before December 2019 when the first official cases were recorded.”
Embarek added, “Identifying the virus’s pathway from animals to humans remains a work in progress.”
The experts spent one month in China, two weeks in quarantine and the same again on fieldwork.