WHO-convened Global Study of the Origins of SARS-CoV-2

The Coronavirus pandemic very likely started with transmission from one animal to another, and then to humans, according to a new report released by the WHO on the origins of the virus. 

The report, released Tuesday, lists four commonly discussed scenarios for the virus' introduction to humans, including two it says are unlikely. The report says introduction through cold food products is considered a "possible pathway" and introduction through a laboratory incident was considered to be "an extremely unlikely pathway."

The WHO report was written by a joint international team made up of 17 Chinese experts plus 17 experts from other countries, the WHO, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) participated as an observer.

Governments in United States Australia, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom have jointly expressed concerns about the study into the origins of Covid-19 in China, and have called for an independent and fully transparent evaluations with access to all relevant data in the future.