India is expected to be a part of a 116 countries-strong coalition that will ‘independently’ probe COVID 19 origin investigation on the origin of the Sars-Covi-2 virus that broke out last year in Wuhan, China, a draft motion set on this mission says, according to multiple media reports.
The resolution draft that spotlights China, without spelling the word, for a probe in the origin of the virus that is believed to have originated there. It was originally drafted by Australia, but soon several other nations joined hands including Africa’s 54 member states, European Union’s 27 members, along with Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, and Turkey. The annual meet is scheduled to start today. The US did not join, however.
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said: “I don’t want to preempt speculate about the outcome, those discussions will be under way later this evening. I think it’s a win for the international community,” SBS news reports.
Despite Australia’s draft resolution doesn’t spell China, it has still ‘angered’ bringing. According to a local media, China has threatened for imposing huge tariffs on barley and has restricted some beef imports.
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According to the resolution draft seen by The Hindu, it seeks to: “identify the zoonotic source of the virus and the route of introduction to the human population, including the possible role of intermediate hosts, including through efforts such as scientific and collaborative field missions, which will enable targeted interventions and a research agenda to reduce the risk of similar events.”
Not only this, but the resolution also puts WHO under the lense of a probe on the ground of evaluating the “WHO-coordinated international health response” to the coronavirus pandemic.
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A source told India Today TV that the resolution will be ‘unanimously adopted’ by all, given the ‘language.’
However, scenes look different from the far-right publication’s views like The Global Times. In a recent article, the media outlet wrote that the WHO, whose main mission is global public health “has become a battlefield for diplomatic affairs and international relations.”
Quoting some observers of the Geneva WHA that will be attended by a number of nations today, the publication called on the US for targeting China.
“We [China] never object to an investigation but firmly oppose an investigation led by the US targeting China. A fair international investigation led by the WHO on the virus origins should be conducted in all relevant countries, including the US,” an observer told The Global Times.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will represent India at 73rd World Health Assembly according to ANI. The 73rd World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization will be held virtually owing to the Pandemic.