The WHO stated that its mission will only seek to "advance the understanding of animal hosts for Covid-19 and ascertain how the disease jumped between animals and humans".
As The Independent notes, the announcement suggests that the theory of the virus being modified or leaking from the lab in Wuhan has already been completely discounted by the WHO.
In addition, the body has refused to provide any details of the locations it will be visiting during its investigation in China.
As The Independent report notes, "It had previously emerged the lab had held a coronavirus sample that was 96.2 per cent the same as Covid-19 for almost a decade. This prompted speculation about the origin of the virus…"
Several prominent researchers and scientists have also noted that the lab must be investigated given this fact.