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How India started investigating corona infection and the role of WHO with 62 countries

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India has also supported the demand for an investigation into how the corona virus spread and how its infection passed from animal to humans. It has also agreed for a fair review of the steps taken by the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the epidemic. This has been said in the proposed draft for the WHO annual meeting to begin tomorrow. 

For the first time since the onset of the Corona virus infection, India has officially taken a stand and signed a demand for investigation by the European Union and Australia. The corona virus originated last year from the city of Wuhan in central China. More than 3 lakh people have died due to this virus. However, at the G20 summit in March, PM Modi hinted at India’s favor. He emphasized the need for reform and transparency and accountability in the WHO. 

China has been accused of hiding information in the early days of the transition. He went on to deny this, saying that the deadly SARS-CoV-2 that was found in his area came from many more. Officials of the Chinese Foreign Ministry also accused the US military of spreading the corona virus. The WHO and its director general Tedros Adhanom Gebreyes are being accused of favoring China. The former Ethiopian minister became the head of the WHO in 2017 with the support of China. 

Officials in the WHO headquarters told Hindustan Times that the proposed draft has been supported by 62 countries including Bangladesh, Canada, Russia, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, Japan. It is an attempt to determine transparency and accountability for the spread of the virus that has caused the greatest crisis since World War II. However, China or Wuhan city is not mentioned in the draft. The WHO Director General has been asked to work with the World Organization for Animal Health to find out the source of the virus and the infection’s reach to humans. 

The seven-page draft has been viewed by Hindustan Times. It asked the WHO chief to conduct an unbiased, independent and detailed review of the learning and experience from Kovid-19. There has been a demand for a review of the steps, measures and their impact taken by the WHO regarding the Kovid-19 epidemic. The draft demands countries to provide timely and accurate health information related to Kovid-19 to the WHO. It is not yet clear how this draft will be discussed in the virtual meeting.   

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