The World Health Organization has made a major U-turn and called for an end to live wildlife sales in food markets around the world.
They say a ban could be crucial in preventing future pandemics from starting.
It’s a huge reversal after the panel backed the reopening of controversial wet markets last May.
Her original decision to support the live food markets was condemned by health experts around the world.
A team of WHO experts studying the origins of Covid-19 in Wuhan were given full access to find out how the virus started in February.
Now it has finally called for a ban on wet markets, presumably where the coronavirus first broke out in China last year.
The organization has now called on countries to end the traditional trade in “live captive wildlife of mammals” in order to stop it from happening again.
A statement said: “Animals, especially wild animals, are the source of more than 70 percent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans, many of which are caused by novel viruses.
“Wild mammals in particular pose a risk of developing new diseases.”
An animal with coronavirus – likely a bat – was found to transmit the disease in an “intermediate” way before it spread to humans.
China continues to try to distance itself from the outbreak.
However, British zoologist Peter Daszak said a team of investigators presented a list of places and people to visit and speak to without objection from Chinese authorities in February.
He added that evidence of the virus’s origin has been found and is being “compounded”.
He said: “We are not rogue here, we talk to our hosts. We are in a foreign country, we are guests in China at the moment.
“This is a good, collaborative and scientific approach to learning more about the origins of Covid.”
He was asked if it was possible that the virus was developed in the laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
He replied, “There is no evidence at all – but we talked about it with people in the Wuhan laboratory.
“We also got really good and honest and open, informative responses because they brought up this themselves – conspiracies regarding laboratory leaks that they believe have no cause.”