- 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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