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Government spokesman calls for “thorough probe” into WHO’s COVID-19 response

  • May 27, 2020
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According to Nikkei, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told the press this morning that a thorough inquiry into the WHO’s handling of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak should be conducted once the global public health crisis is brought under control. The government spokesperson stressed the importance of such a probe in reference to China’s strong reaction to Prime Minister Abe’s recent remark that the new pathogen spread from China to the world. “When dealing with an infectious disease that has had a calamitous impact on the entire world, it is extremely important for all countries to share their own information and insights in a free, transparent, and speedy manner,” said Suga. “In order to better prepare for similar situations in the future, the international community must coordinate after the pandemic is brought under control to conduct a rigorous examination into the origin of the virus, the initial response to it, and whether the WHO’s functions were fully utilized.”  



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