Members of the WHO investigation team outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology earlier this year. Photo: Reuters Members of the WHO investigation team outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology earlier this year. Photo: Reuters
Members of the WHO investigation team outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology earlier this year. Photo: Reuters

China’s Covid origins snub shows limits to World Health Organization’s power

  • Beijing rejected plans to further explore the ‘lab leak’ theory but the US and others pushed back when a WHO team said it did not need further investigation
  • There is little the global health body can do if members refuse to cooperate and the latest snub may fuel impressions it is a ‘paper tiger’

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Members of the WHO investigation team outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology earlier this year. Photo: Reuters Members of the WHO investigation team outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology earlier this year. Photo: Reuters
Members of the WHO investigation team outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology earlier this year. Photo: Reuters
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