Back on July 2020, Wuhan Institute of Virology scientist Shi Zhengli, famously nicknamed “Bat Woman” for the focus of her research, offered written answers to submitted questions from Science magazine.
Here are her comments about the possible origin of the virus.
There are two possibilities for the cross-species transmission from the natural host to humans. One is that the virus was transmitted directly from a bat to a human, while the other is that the virus spread to humans via one or more intermediate hosts. For SARS-CoV-2, though the first possibility cannot be ruled out, its likelihood is very low. I tend