London : There is no evidence that the Covid – causing virus came from animals , the for mar head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) said on Fri day . George Gao , who was speaking at a London summit n prepay ring for paned mics , was the head of the agency when Co vid first emerged in Wuhan , China , at the end of 2019. ” Even now , people think some animals are the host or reservoir , ‘ said Gao . ” Cut a long story short , there is no evidence which animals ( were ) where the virus comes ( from ) . “
The origins of the Covid remain unknown , with criticism that China has thwarted efforts to find out more . The Chinese government has said it has always supported all efforts to investigate the source .
The World Health Organic nation has said that all hypo hoses for the origins of Covid remain on the table , including that the virus is linked to a high – security laboratory for the study of dangerous pathos gens in Wuhan . China denies any such link . WHO has also said that the evidence so far points towards the virus coming from animals , likely bats .
The data showed that DNA from multiple animal species including raccoon dogs was present in environmental samples that tested positive for SARS – Cove – 2 , the virus that causes Covid , suggesting that they were ” the most likely conduits ” of the disease , ac cording to a team of internal tonal researchers .