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COVID-19 almost certainly came from an animal, top coronavirus experts say

FILE - In this April 7, 2020 file photo, workers in protective overalls walk past the Hankou...
FILE - In this April 7, 2020 file photo, workers in protective overalls walk past the Hankou railway station on the eve of its resuming outbound traffic in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 8:33 AM CDT
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(CNN) - Twenty of the world’s leading experts on coronaviruses and virus genetics claim the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic did not come from a lab.

They are laying out their evidence in a new online posting that the virus almost certainly came from an animal.

Questions about the origin have made it all the way to the White House.

The scientists argue it is just a coincidence that COVID-19 started in a Chinese city with a virology lab.

They said Wuhan was probably the hot spot because it has multiple animal markets and is a travel hub.

Meanwhile, more than four million people across the globe have died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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