fredag 30. juli 2021

Blinken meets with WHO director to reaffirm US support for second probe into Covid outbreak

Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with the director-general of the World Health Organization Wednesday and underscored US support for further WHO studies into the origins of Covid-19, including research in China, the State Department said. Blinken and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met in Kuwait almost a week after China announced that it would not participate in the second phase of the WHO's investigations into the virus' origins after the health organization included the possibility that the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China.

"Secretary Blinken affirmed U.S. support for the WHO's plans to conduct additional studies into the COVID-19 origins, including in the People's Republic of China, to better understand the current pandemic and prevent future ones," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement. Blinken "stressed the need for the next phase to be timely, evidence-based, transparent, expert-led, and free from interference," Price said.