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WHO: COVID-19 Originates From Bats, Not From Laboratories


 WHO confirms all the evidence so far suggests that the virus that causes COVID-19 is likely to come from animals, most likely bats. 
World Health Organization spokesman Fadela Chaib at a press conference on April 21. Photo: REUTERS 
Speaking at a press conference on April 21, World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Fadela Chaib confirmed that all the evidence gathered so far is in favor of the hypothetical virus. COVID-19 originates from animals in the wild, not man-made.

According to Reuters , it is not clear how the virus spreads to humans, but Ms. Chaib continued to emphasize "certainly" that the intermediate host is an animal and that the largest possibility is a bat's source. 

However, Reuters  also said a WHO spokesman declined to comment on the possibility that the virus had accidentally escaped from a Chinese laboratory. The Wuhan Institute of Virology has repeatedly denied the possibility.

Asked about the impact of President Donald Trump's cessation of WHO funding, Ms. Fadela Chaib said the agency is still assessing the situation and will work with its partners to make up for the missing funds.

Trump's withdrawal will not only affect the coordination of WHO 's global anti-COVID-19 campaign,  but also harm other health programs such as polio, HIV and malaria. 
WHO's comments come amid a number of Western countries, especially the United States accusing and are preparing to investigate the hypothesis that COVID-19 could be leaked from a laboratory in Ho Chi Minh City. Wuhan. 
Experts work in Wuhan Institute of Virology, China (Photo taken in November 2017). Photo: TAN HOA XA
China strongly rejects this hypothesis and assumes that Western countries are deliberately politicizing the pandemic to avoid being held responsible for the weaknesses of the COVID-19 epidemic.


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