Australia’s PM again calls for probe into origin of pandemic amid Delta variant surge
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Australia’s PM again calls for probe into origin of pandemic amid Delta variant surge

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has once again called for a transparent investigation into the origin of the covid-19 pandemic. The nation’s two biggest cities are under lockdown due to the Delta variant surge.

On Friday, Morrison said in Sydney after a Cabinet meeting with state leaders, “The world needs to know an answer.” “The individuals who have lost their lives and their occupations need answers. Australia will keep on posing the questions till we get those answers.”

While tending to the United Nations General Assembly on 26 September 2020, Australia’s PM stated that an investigation into the root cause of the coronavirus infection spread would reduce the danger of another worldwide pandemic. “This disease has caused a massive catastrophe in our world. 

We should do everything we can to get answers about what occurred for no other reason than to prevent it from happening once more,” he added.

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China unequivocally rebuked the move, with Beijing’s minister to Canberra threatening that the probe calls could spoil trade relations.

Since last year, Beijing has carried a range of sanctions against Australian merchandise, including wine, coal and some agricultural produce.

Despite all the consequences, Morrison has once again demanded an inquiry into the origin of the pandemic.

Morrison’s recent statement came as the virus continues seething across Asia, triggered by a highly infectious Delta variant spread.

On Thursday, the WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus requested China to cooperate in the second phase of investigating the origin of the Covid-19 virus, especially sharing raw patient data from the beginning of the pandemic.

WHO requested a probe concerning a theory that the disease leaked from a Wuhan lab, and also the Chinese researcher’s belief that they discovered the virus spread from bats to people through another animal.

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