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WHO covid origins report says 'lab leak' theory needs further investigation

By Adam Taylor

09 Jun 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Two-and-a-half years into the pandemic, and scientists still aren't sure where the coronavirus came from. The Washington Post reports on the WHO's ongoing investigation.

A team of scientists convened by the World Health Organization to better understand the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and possible future outbreaks has said a theory that the virus could have escaped from a laboratory needs "further investigations."

However, in a report released Thursday, the WHO-backed team said it had not received any new data that would allow it to better evaluate that theory.

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