WHO Faces G7 Push on New COVID-19 Origin Probe

Leaders of the world’s seven largest so-called advanced economies are ready to push for a new “transparent” probe by the World Health Organisation into the origins of COVID-19 as the “lab leak” theory gets new boost around the globe, a draft document shows cited by Bloomberg News.

According to the communique for the meeting, G7 leaders will “call for progress on a transparent, evidence-based, and expert-led WHO-convened phase 2 study on the origins of COVID-19, that is free from interference.”

Although previous report by WHO on the origins of COVID-19 concluded it was “extremely unlikely” the virus escaped from the Wuhan lab in the China, U.S. President Joe Biden on 26 May set a 90-day deadline for intelligence agencies to establish if the pandemic is the result of a “lab accident”.

Official Beijing blasted the new probe by the “full of arrogance U.S. government” as disrespecting the WHO report, insisting that Washington was “playing political games to hijack science.”

The leaked communique, which is to be finalised on Sunday following a the three-day summit, also outlines a number of efforts leaders are taking in a plan to end the pandemic by the end of next year including committing to deliver 1 billion more coronavirus vaccines to cover 80% of the world’s population.

It also includes pledges to tackle forced labor, hold Russia accountable for ransomware attacks and other cybercrimes as well as setting international standards for travel that include internationally recognized proof of vaccinations.

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