WHO Says It Can’t Force China To Give More Info On COVID Origins

WHO Says It Can’t Force China To Give More Info On COVID Origins

WHO official Mike Ryan said the agency could not ‘compel’ China to share more but expects full ‘cooperation’ from member states.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • Asked by a reporter how the WHO will “compel” China to be more open, Mike Ryan, director of the agency’s emergencies program, said at a news conference that the “WHO doesn’t have the power to compel anyone in this regard.”
  • The “Wuhan lab leak theory” has recently become the subject of renewed public debate after several prominent scientists called for a full investigation into the origins of the virus.
  • The WHO head called for COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers to give the global jab equity scheme COVAX first refusal on new doses or commit half of their volumes to the WHO-backed initiative.
  • WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lamented the COVID-19 vaccine inequality, which he said has created a “two-track pandemic” with Western countries protected and poorer nations still exposed, renewing pleas for shot donations.

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