The G-7 countries’ leaders issued a communique calling for a new investigation into COVID-19’s beginnings in China, encouraging an outstanding effort by global health authorities to investigate the circumstances underlying the coronavirus’s emergence.
“A prompt, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO-convened Phase 2 COVID-19 Origins research, including, as suggested by the experts’ report, in China,” the organization demanded. The World Health Organization published the conclusions of an early examination in March. Still, the United States and others challenged the study’s methodology and China’s role in the research.
The G-7 leaders decided to build a “global pandemic radar” to discover viruses before they spread, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a press conference on Sunday. The countries — the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan — have also agreed to donate 1 billion vaccines worldwide, with the United States contributing 500 million.
President Biden declared during a press conference following the meeting that China must “begin to act more responsibly” in terms of human rights and transparency. The leaders also stated that China must respect human rights in the Xinjiang region and provide Hong Kong with freedom and a high degree of autonomy.
China is “violating” its commitment to human rights in the Xinjiang region and Hong Kong, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who told “60 Minutes” earlier this year. The group chastised Russia for engaging in nefarious activities such as tampering with other countries’ democratic institutions and failing to maintain international human rights duties and pledges.
The leaders stated that their countries would reiterate their efforts to “strengthen Ukraine’s democracy and institutions, promoting further change,” They also urged Russia to honor the truce in Ukraine.
The G-7 leaders expressed their “grave concern” about the “continued attacks on human rights, fundamental freedoms, and international law” by Belarusian authorities.
A Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius, Lithuania, was forced to detour to Minsk, Belarus’ capital, last month due to a bogus bomb plan. Raman Pratasevich, a vocal critic of Belarus’ autocratic leader, Alexander Lukashenko, was dragged from the plane after it landed. Pratasevich afterward gave a tearful press conference in which he expressed his support for Lukashenko.