Australia too, supported a call for an independent inquiry to be led into how the virus broke out. With 122 countries now supporting an investigation into the cause of the outbreak, Express.co.uk asked: ‘Should China face coronavirus probe as UK joins new inquiry?’ In response, 5,109 out of 5,271 (96 percent) believed the UK was right to support an independent inquiry into the outbreak.
Just 135 said ‘no’ while only 27 weren’t sure.
One reader said: “One of the few decisions Boris has got right.
“Now scrap Huawei, HS2 and all trade/involvement with China and he’ll be a great Prime Minister.”
Another said: “More than that, China must be made to pay and face severe restrictions on its trade to the world.
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“This is a corrupt and sinister regime.”
A third said: “Of course there needs to be an international inquiry but it needs to be scrupulously fair and purely scientific so that the international community can all learn from it and be better prepared for the next pandemic.”
Another person also said: “The WHO should not be the only inspection team as their honesty is under a cloud.
“It should be a multi-country inspection to ensure transparency.
Coronavirus: Xi has pledged £1.6billion to the WHO
“If China has nothing to hide it should allow this.”
A draft resolution calling for the independent evaluation has been backed by 122 countries so far, including the UK.
A British Foreign Office spokesman said: “There will need to be a review into the pandemic, not least so that we can ensure we are better prepared for future global pandemics.
“The resolution at the World Health Assembly is an important step towards this.”
Although the resolution does not mention China, it says the WHO should work with the World Organisation for Animal Health to conduct “scientific and collaborative field missions” and “identify the zoonotic source of the virus and the route of introduction to the human population, including the possible role of intermediate hosts”.
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Coronavirus: Mr trump has accused the WHO of being China’s “puppet”
The US has been one of the strongest critics of how China has handled the virus.
Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned not only China’s relationship with the WHO but also how Beijing has cooperated internationally.
Mr Trump said today: “They’re a puppet of China, they’re China-centric to put it nicer.”
Mr Trump has even claimed he will reconsider the US’ funding to the WHO.
Coronavirus global statistics as of May 18
Amid the accusations levelled at China, President Xi Jinping declared any vaccine made in the country will be made public internationally.
In order to help the international fight against the virus, Xi also pledged to contribute £1.6 billion to the WHO over two years.
He said in an address: “Global industrial and supply chains should be kept stable if we are to restore growth to the economy of the world.
“COVID-19 vaccine development and deployment in China, when available, will be made a global public good, which will be China’s contribution to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries.
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“This work should be based on science and professionalism, led by the WHO and conducted in an objective and impartial manner.”
Despite the contribution from the Chinese government, US National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot insisted Beijing must pay more than the £1.6billion fee.
He said: “The Chinese Communist party’s commitment of $2bn is a token to distract from calls from a growing number of nations demanding accountability for the Chinese government’s failure to meet its obligations under international health regulations to tell the truth and warn the world of what was coming.”
China has denied accusations that it was slow to respond to the deadly pandemic which has swept across the globe.
The poll took place from 9am to 10pm on Monday, 18 May.
Published at Mon, 18 May 2020 23:00:00 +0000