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Did covid-19 come from a lab or an animal? This is how we’ll find out

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Peter Ben Embarek speaks during a press conference on 9 February, in Wuhan, China.

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Before heading off to China as leader of a World Health Organization (WHO) fact-finding mission into the origins of SARS-CoV-2, Peter Ben Embarek recorded an explainer video outlining the state of knowledge at the time, January 2021.

“We know that the first human cases that were detected were detected in Wuhan in December 2019,” he said. “We also know that this virus belongs to a group of viruses that have their original niche in bat populations. In …