A thorough investigation into the origin of the coronavirus is needed to avoid a recurrence in the future, says Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Morrison joined G7 leaders on Saturday to discuss health issues in the British coastal town of Carbis Bay, with talks focused on recovering from the pandemic and how the world can be better prepared for an outbreak of other diseases.
He also sat down with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden and issued a statement saying: “The strategic context in the Indo-Pacific was changing and there was a strong reason for the deepening of cooperation between the three governments. “
The G7 group of rich democracies – the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan – invited the leaders of Australia, South Korea, South Africa and India to take part in the three-day summit. Cornwall. year.
The strong support of the Australian Government on the international stage for an independent inquiry into the emergence of COVID-19 has angered Beijing officials and strained relations with communist China, where the virus is only late for the first time. detected, further damaged.
“The purpose of these queries is to understand – it has nothing to do with politics or honesty, or anything else – it’s about understanding it,” Morrison said.
“So we can all, at a future opportunity, move quickly and be able to respond and avoid … the absolute carnage we have seen of this pandemic, for lives and living conditions around the world.”
British Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave G7 leaders an outline of how treatments, tests and vaccines can be developed within 100 days of detecting a new disease is.
“What’s important in the future is that if there ever was an event, there would be a serious or communicable virus or disease that the world would act on quickly,” Morrison said after the talks.
“I thought the plan for 100 days set out today was brilliant.”
He said earlier that more investigations and reforms are needed to fight potential pandemics.
“The process we have requested has not yet been completed … It is recommended that WTO officials have further powers to be able to identify these things in good time and to ensure that the information is passed on in time.”
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO, reflected on his comments made at a G7 media briefing after the session: ‘It is very tragic and I think the respect for these people (the estimated 174 million infected with COVID-19 and the 3.75 million that died)) deserved to know what the origin of this virus is so that we can prevent it from happening again. ”
Tedros said the WHO was “now prepared for the second phase” of the COVID-19 origin study, which the WHO “takes very seriously”.
“We will need cooperation from the Chinese side,” he said. “We need transparency to find the source of this virus.”
Tedros also said the theory that the virus could have originated as a result of a laboratory leak was raised during talks among G7 leaders on Saturday.
G7 host Johnson and his wife Carrie formally welcomed Morrison on Saturday afternoon and greeted each other with the elbow and forearm taps.
“Australians are always at home on a beach,” Morrison said as he approached his counterpart on the promenade in St Ives.
“Bondi, eat your heart out,” Johnson replied.
Morrison performed with fellow top attendees shortly before 8pm on Saturday for the official G7 group photo, which stands next to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Morrison also had talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in earlier in the day.
By Michael Mehr. The Epoch Times contributed to this report.