A paper in Science Magazine, published on July 26, contained a post- facto analysis that the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 occurred via the live wildlife trade in China and established the Huanan market in Wuhan as the epicentre of the pandemic. While this is unlikely to seal forever the controversial debate over two years, including counter theories of a lab leak that led to the virus causing havoc in the world, it brings the issue to the first-of-its-kind empirical evidence-based averment and declaration on the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is important to produce and examine the evidence on this account, as understanding how the virus emerged is perceived as essential to preventing further outbreaks of zoonotic diseases. (Read More)
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