February 9, 2021
Lab leak hypothesis ‘extremely unlikely’, WHO official says; coronavirus could have been circulating elsewhere before Wuhan discovery
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His colleague reiterates that the lab leak theory has been placed within the “extremely unlikely” section of their matrix. But, if there was a lab leak, there are two possible pathways.
First, the virus was engineered by humans. But this hypothesis has already been refuted by the whole scientific community around the world. Secondly, there may be a leak of the virus from the lab; but it should be leaking of an existing or known virus. In all the laboratories in Wuhan, there is no existing virus of Sars-Cov-2, if there is no existence of this virus there is no way that this virus would be leaked.
Embarek says some of the first cases linked to the market had their onset of symptoms on the first two weeks of December, indicating that they were likely infected at the start of the month or in late November.
On why the lab theory is the only hypothesis that has been almost all but discounted by the group, he adds that his team have deemed that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) was in a good state and that it was “very unlikely that anything could escape from such a place”.