WHO pushes China for ‘access’ to determine Covid’s origins
Geneva: Chief of World Health Organisation (WHO) urged Beijing to offer more information on origins of Covid-19 and is ready to send second team to probe matter, Financial Times reported on Sunday.
“We’re pressing China to give full access and we are asking countries to raise it during their bilateral meetings to urge Beijing to co-operate,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told newspaper.
WHO chief’s comments come as health authorities and pharmaceutical companies across world have been racing to update vaccines to combat newer emerging coronavirus variants. Ghebreyesus has for long been pressing China to share its information about origins of Covid-19, saying that until that happened all hypotheses remained on table.
Virus was first identified in Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, with many suspecting it spread in live animal market before fanning out around world and killing nearly 7 million people.
Published in The Daily National Courier, September, 18 2023