Australia’s efforts to push for an independent inquiry into the pandemic sweeping the world has not gone unnoticed, with President Trump strongly backing it.
The president informed his 80 million followers on Twitter that the United States supports the push.
After retweeting an AAP Newswire/SBS article that detailed the 116 countries supporting the probe, the president tweeted, “We are with them!”
We are with them! https://t.co/H7DRHXPJYb
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2020
The probe calls for an impartial, independent, and extensive evaluation of the international response to the pandemic.
Australia is being hit hard by the Chinese Communist Party after it imposed a ban on meat imports from four Australian meat processing plants last week, then again this week added 80 percent tariffs on barley imported from Australia.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison led global calls for the CCP Virus (COVID-19) probe and a resolution is expected to be approved at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, and Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said health risks at wildlife wet markets need to be addressed.
“We need to learn the lessons from this pandemic and ensure we have the strongest possible global health architecture, with an enhanced ability to prevent and respond to future outbreaks,” he told the assembly.
The African Group’s 54 member states will co-sponsor the motion, joining 62 other countries including New Zealand, the European Union’s 27 members, Russia, Indonesia, India, Japan, Britain, and Canada, reported Nine News.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted a review would come “at the earliest appropriate moment.”
Chinese leader Xi Jinping supports a review and told the meeting via video, “This work needs a scientific and professional attitude and needs to be led by the WHO. And the principles of objectivity and fairness need to be upheld.” Xi insists the Communist Party has acted with “openness and transparency and responsibility,” during the pandemic.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was critical of the response to the pandemic by the CCP and said there is a “significant amount of evidence” the virus originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
Both the United States and Australia support Taiwan’s inclusion onto the WHO assembly as an observer, but the CCP is opposed to the move.
“No one disputes that Taiwan has mounted one of the world’s most successful efforts to contain the pandemic to date, despite its close proximity to the original outbreak in Wuhan, China,” Pompeo said.
“This should not be a surprise.
“Transparent, vibrant, and innovative democracies like Taiwan always respond faster and more effectively to pandemics than do authoritarian regimes.”