India has said that the recently released WHO-convened global study on the origin of Covid-19, represents an important first step in establishing the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. The report has listed four pathways concerning the emergence of the disease but has stressed the need for next-phase studies across the region. The report also stresses the need for further data and studies to reach robust conclusions. In response to media queries, the External Affairs Ministry said, India fully support the Director General of the WHO expectation that future collaborative studies will include more timely and comprehensive data sharing. He said, New Delhi also welcome WHO DG’s readiness to deploy additional missions.
The Ministry said, India joins other stakeholders in voicing their expectations that follow up to the WHO Report or further studies, including on an understanding of the earliest human cases and clusters by the WHO on this critical issue, will receive the fullest cooperation of all concerned. It added that India shares the need for a comprehensive and expert-led mechanism that would expeditiously investigate the origin of Covid-19.
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