The World Health Organization has agreed to begin an inquiry into the global response to the C-virus pandemic, at the end of a rocky annual meeting that saw the U.S. and China feuding and sniping at each other.
The resolution calls for an “impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation” of the international response to the outbreak.
But it fell short of promising what the U.S. had pushed for — a thorough review of the Chinese origins of the virus and the W.H.O.’s actions in response.
President Trump threatened to permanently end U.S. funding for the W.H.O unless it committed to “substantive improvements within the next 30 days” and declared that “China has been anything but transparent” in its response.
The resolution, brought by the European Union on behalf of more than 100 countries, gained momentum after Australia worked to form a coalition of countries demanding an inquiry. India joined these countries to demand a WHO probe.
It is evident that the Western countries , especially US, would push hard to find evidence of what they have alleged so far — alleged Chinese suppression of the pandemic spread in the first two months of its outbreak.
But it is not yet clear whether Chinese will expose the US funding of the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the failure of the US funding agencies to properly monitor and supervise safety standards there.
That , if done, will drag the US toward ‘joint culpability’ and embarrass President Donald Trump in an election year .
“If the Chinese cooperation with the probe tends to entangle the US , Trump will have to beat an hasty retreat , now that he has scored brownie points with his rust belt electorate by his belligerence towards China,” said a top US ‘critical biologist’ of Indian origin, who has followed what he describes as the ‘politics of Covid-19’ .
“Trump in a hurry might let a few skeletons tumble out but his crisis managers will have to pull back and even out with China with the essential agenda of influencing electorate already served by forcing WHO to start enquiry,” he told Easternlink on condition of anonymity because he fears adverse action on his federal funding of the project he is involved in.