WHO Chief Says Quest for COVID Origins Remains “Morally Imperative”

The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said it is “morally imperative” to find the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused millions of deaths worldwide as Beijing continues to obfuscate sharing crucial data with the world.

Marking three years into the pandemic, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Saturday that “all hypotheses” around COVID-19 must be explored in order to prevent future outbreaks.

Tedros said the WHO would continue to push for equitable access to life-saving tools for all countries.

The People’s Vaccine Alliance, a coalition of over 100 organisations, issued a joint letter on Saturday calling on world leaders to reflect on mistakes made in responding to the pandemic and take immediate corrective actions.

The coalition said that instead of rolling out vaccines based on need, pharmaceutical companies maximised their profits by selling doses to the richest countries first, leaving billions of people in low and middle-income countries behind.

Three years have passed since WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic in March 2020, and questions still linger over the virus’s origins as China has yet to share relevant data with independent investigators.

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