Peter Ben Embarek, head of the WHO mission, said further studies are required to determine if the virus was imported or if the virus had been spread directly from animals to humans.
Moreover, Embarek decisively dismissed the hypothesis that the disease was leaked from a lab. Rather, he said while accidents do happen, lab leaks were “extremely unlikely” and did not warrant any future inquiries.
Liang Wannian, head of the China WHO team, said in order for a virus leak to occur, the virus needed to exist in the lab first.
“The whole scientific community around the world has refuted the theory that it was engineered by humans,” Liang said. “There was no existing virus of SARS-CoV-2 [in the labs], therefore, there’s no way the virus could be leaked.”
The team also suggested one possible source of the contagion could have been frozen food products.
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt agreed with the dismissal of the lab leak theory, saying he received no advice supporting claims the virus was “human created” or “out of a laboratory”.
Queensland Nationals senator Matt Canavan said he was not surprised with the team’s findings and believes the origin of the virus may remain a mystery.
“But that’s all spilt milk now. We’re probably never going to find out,” he said.
The team’s visit to China was heavily controlled by the communist state, with journalists kept well away and the absence of a publicly available full itinerary.
Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” said the mission was designed to not find out anything and called it “worse than worthless”.
The CCP has accused countries including the U.S., Italy, Russia, and many more, for being the source of the virus as it has continued to reject calls for a completely independent investigation.
Currently Australia’s beef, cotton, timber, lobster, wine, barley, lamb and coal have all been hit with trade blockages and tariffs, prompting calls for trade diversification and less reliance on exports to China.