Leaders of G-7 countries to call for probe into origins of COVID-19
Leaders at the G-7 Summit in the United Kingdom will call for a new transparent investigation by the World Health Organisation (WHO) into the origins of Coronavirus.
The leaders of the G7 countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US – will hold a three-day summit at the British seaside resort of Cornwall, UK, starting from Friday.
According to a draft communique, the countries will also pledge one billion doses of corona vaccine for the countries around the world.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was invited by the UK as a special guest, dropped plans to travel to Cornwall due to the pandemic and will virtually join G7 outreach sessions of the Summit on June 12 and 13.
India first backed call for the further investigation on May 28, days after US President Joe Biden asked intelligence agencies to redouble their efforts to gather information to facilitate a definitive conclusion on the origin of the virus.
India, along with South Korea and South Africa, has been invited as guest countries for the G7 Summit.
The UK has outlined four priority areas for its Presidency. These are leading the global recovery from coronavirus while strengthening resilience against future pandemics, promoting future prosperity by championing free and fair trade, tackling climate change and preserving the planet's biodiversity and championing shared values and open societies.
The leaders are expected to exchange views on the way forward, and on global recovery from the pandemic, with a focus on health and climate change.
(Edited by Marvin Kharsohnoh)
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