The global community will find out "fairly soon, within the next few years" what started the coronavirus pandemic, a key member of a World Health Organization-led investigation into the pandemic's origins said on Wednesday.
In a press briefing organized by the think tank Chatham House in London, Peter Daszak estimated that collective scientific research might be able to pin down how animals carrying Covid-19 infected the first people in Wuhan identified last December.
"There was a conduit from Wuhan to the provinces in South China, where the closest relative viruses to (the coronavirus) are found in bats," said Daszak, the president of the New York based group, EcoHealth Alliance. He said the wildlife trade was the most likely explanation of how Covid-19 arrived in Wuhan, where the first human cases were detected.
That hypothesis, Daszak said, is "the one that's most strongly supported both on the WHO (and) the China side." Daszak and his co-authors are set to release a report as early as next week, on the initial conclusions of their recent mission to Wuhan.