Support for Covid-19 investigation growing

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Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Tue, 19 May 2020, 11:14AM
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Support for Covid-19 investigation growing

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Tue, 19 May 2020, 11:14AM

Infectious Disease expert at Otago University David Murdoch joins Mike Hosking to talk about calls for an investigation into Covid-19.

At least 110 countries are backing an inquiry for an impartial evaluation of responses to the pandemic.

Pressure is building at the World Health Organisation assembly, which is meeting this week, at a time where they have been accused of turning a blind eye to China.

US President Donald Trump has backed Australian-led calls for a probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic after the summit.

He shared a tweet from SBS News that said the European Union, India, Japan, Britain, Canada, Russia and New Zealand, among others, would back calls for an inquiry into the pandemic.

The Trump administration has accused the World Health Organisation of allowing the Covid-19 pandemic to spin out of control at the cost of many lives.

"We must be frank about one of the primary reasons this outbreak spun out of control," US Health Secretary Alex Azar said overnight, during an address to the UN's World Health Assembly.

"We saw that WHO failed at its core mission of information sharing and transparency when member states do not act in good faith.

"This cannot ever happen again."

Mr Murdoch says the WHO is the best group to carry out the investigation.

"They are the international body that is the obvious leader here, they did go in early and have a review in China."