onsdag 29. april 2020

China should welcome an international investigation to clear the air on its role in the coronavirus pandemic

I receive a few messages from friends every day about Covid-19. Many of them raise a chuckle, light relief in these days of global lockdowns and profound anxiety. But then came a different kind of message from a friend in Hong Kong. It carried a few questions.

Why has the coronavirus that has spread across the globe, infecting some 3 million people and claiming over 200,000 lives, not done much damage in its birthplace, China? Also, while the pandemic drove stock markets around the world to nosedive, China’s market did not suffer as much. Similarly, while more than 1 million people have been infected in the United States and more than 50,000 are dead, only around 83,000 have been infected in China and its death toll is less than one-tenth of the US’.

As I contemplated these questions, Reuters reported that Australia, which is on the executive board of the World Health Assembly, would push for an international investigation into the coronavirus pandemic at the assembly’s annual meeting next month. Such a study is something all should welcome.