Leading zoonoses expert dismisses theory that COVID-19 pandemic originated from a laboratory leak as “purely politically motivated”

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Fabian Leendertz

17th March 2023 – (Berlin) A leading zoonoses expert has dismissed the theory that the COVID-19 pandemic originated from a laboratory leak as “purely politically motivated.” Fabian Leendertz, who was involved in the World Health Organszation’s investigation into the virus’s origin, stated that “there are no new data that would strengthen the laboratory hypothesis that I am aware of. It remains the most unlikely hypothesis of all.”

Leendertz believes that transmission was most likely through intermediate hosts, possibly contracted from bats at a wildlife farm, where a high concentration of insects attracts the creatures. He added that political power games are behind the theory of a laboratory leak and that there is no concrete evidence to support such claims.