London, February 14
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday the UK, led by PMBoris Johnson, shared concerns about the level of China access given to a Covid fact-finding mission of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The United States has already criticised the same.
The White House on Saturday called on China to make available data from the earliest days of the novel coronavirus outbreak, saying it had “deep concerns” about the way the findings of the WHO’s Covid report were communicated.
Asked about the US reaction, Raab told the BBC, “We do share concerns that they get full cooperation and they get the answers they need, and so we’ll be pushing for it to have full access, get all the data it needs to be able to answer the questions that I think most people want to hear answered around the outbreak.”
In a separate interview, John Watson of the WHO’s delegation to China said that while the Chinese authorities had not given them all raw data, they had seen a lot of information and discussed analysis of the first cases.
PM Boris Johnson hailed a “significant milestone” as data showed 15 million first doses of Covid vaccinations had been delivered, fuelling calls for the government to start relaxing far-reaching lockdown measures.
Japan has formally approved its first vaccine co-developed and supplied by Pfizer. New Zealand announced a three-day lockdown in Auckland after three Covid cases emerged. — Agencies
Don’t point finger at others: Beijing hits back at US
Washington: The US damaged multilateral cooperation and the WHO in recent years, and should not be pointing fingers at China and other countries that supported the WHO during the Covid pandemic, the Chinese Embassy has said. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan had asked China to make available data from the earliest days of the Covid outbreak. China said Washington should hold itself to the “highest standards” instead of taking aim at other countries. Reuters