WHO boss refuses to rule out COVID lab leak theory, vows to investigate further

WHO boss refuses to rule out COVID lab leak theory, vows to investigate further


The World Health Organization released its long-awaited report on the origins of COVID-19 on Tuesday — but even the head of the agency cast doubt on its finding that the virus didn’t come from a leak at a lab in Wuhan, China.

Despite the report’s findings of likely animal-to-human transmission, WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the team didn’t investigate the labs extensively enough and vowed to probe the possibility further.

“As far as WHO is concerned, all hypotheses remain on the table,” Tedros said in an extraordinary statement posted on the organization’s website Tuesday.

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“We have not yet found the source of the virus,’’ he said.

“The team … visited several laboratories in Wuhan and considered the possibility that the virus entered the human population as a result of a laboratory incident.

“However, I do not believe that this assessment was extensive enough.

“Although the team has concluded that a laboratory leak is the least likely hypothesis,

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