Chinese data briefly uploaded to a global database strengthens the theory that COVID-19 emerged from a live animal market in Wuhan, researchers say.
Chinese COVID data from market clue to origins: report
Data from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic briefly uploaded to a global database by Chinese scientists gives crucial information on the outbreak’s origins, researchers say.
The virus was first identified in Wuhan in December 2019, with many suspecting the Huanan live animal market to be the source, before spreading round the world and killing nearly 7 million people.
The scientists published a pre-print report based on their interpretation of the data on Monday, after leaks in the media last week and a meeting with the World Health Organisation, which has urged China to release more information.
The data from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is no longer available on the GISAID database where it was found by the scientists.