G-7 countries call for new WHO investigation into corona origin
The G-7 countries are calling for an in-depth investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO) into the origin of the corona pandemic. They want to provide a billion vaccine doses to poorer countries.
IIn their final declaration for the summit in Carbis Bay, the heads of state and government of the G7 called for a “transparent” and “expert-led” study on the origin of the coronavirus on Sunday. Further investigations in China are also necessary for this.
US President Joe Biden recently ordered an investigation by the US intelligence services into the origin of Covid-19. The background to this is the question of whether a laboratory accident in the Chinese city of Wuhan may have led to the global corona pandemic.
Soon after the pandemic began, there was speculation that the novel coronavirus might have escaped from the Institute of Virology in Wuhan in an accident. The Chinese government has always vigorously denied this.
A team of international experts on behalf of the WHO classified the laboratory theory as “extremely unlikely” in March. Rather, it is “likely to very likely” that the Sars-CoV-2 virus has passed from a bat to humans via an intermediate host animal.
However, doubts quickly arose about the report. Many states expressed concern that international experts had been denied access to data during their investigation in China.
Flashing: “Perhaps the most momentous summit”
At the end of the summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the cooperation between the seven major industrial nations involved. There was a “fantastic level of harmony” among the heads of state and government, Johnson said on Sunday.
The G7 agreed that they wanted to convey values of democracy and human rights to the rest of the world and to give the poorest countries a hand in green and sustainable development.
In the fight against the corona pandemic, the G-7 group is providing poorer countries with at least one billion doses of vaccine. This happens both through donations and payments to the Covax vaccination program, said Johnson. At first, Johnson did not say exactly how the number is composed. He had previously announced that the UK would donate 100 million cans from its own surplus.
In addition, a global minimum tax is to come for international corporations. In their communiqué, the heads of state supported the decision of their finance ministers to introduce the 15 percent minimum tax and the distribution of tax rights.
According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the summit demonstrated the strength of democracy. For almost 25 years he has seen top meetings of the heads of state and government of the seven major industrialized nations and this year is “perhaps the most momentous I have ever attended,” said the American chief diplomat on Sunday at ABC News.
“This is one that has proven that democracies that come together can actually achieve concrete results for their citizens and for people around the world.” As examples, Blinken cited corona vaccine donations to countries around the world, pledges in the Fight against climate change and the intention to introduce a global minimum tax. In his opinion, Biden did “very effective work” in bringing the group of seven together for a common cause.