WHO Origins Report: Questions Unanswered

A yet-to-be-released WHO report on COVID-19’s origins bolsters the animal source theory, according to the AP—which got a draft copy of the report.
US officials appear skeptical. “We’ve got real concerns about the methodology and the process that went into that report, including the fact that the government in Beijing apparently helped to write it,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN recently. 

China rejected that notion today.
The draft report proposed further research in every area—including the “cold chain” frozen food theory favored by China—except the lab leak hypothesis.

For all the diplomatic dancing, the report matters, MIT Technology Review says, because it will decide which questions will be pursued. 
A year after the pandemic started, an animal still hasn’t been found as a SARS-CoV-2 reservoir—despite China’s testing of tens of thousands of animals.
Remember: Pinpointing the origin isn’t just a matter of pinning the blame. Clues from the 2003 SARS outbreak turbocharged the development of vaccines against the current virus.

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