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As Katie wrote yesterday, the leaders of the G7 announced their joint endorsement of a follow-up investigation into the origins of the deadly COVID-19 virus, which has killed millions worldwide. Considering what a farce the first so-called probe into this vital matter turned out to be, this would seem to be a heartening development. Unfortunately, it appears as though these leaders are just doubling down on the farce. Why? They’re insisting that the same hopelessly compromised organization that conducted the last one also be assigned the follow-up, which is a recipe for failure.
This might be better than nothing at all, but barely. The World Health Organization is in China’s back pocket, with its current leader hand-picked by the CCP. The WHO parroted false Chinese misinformation about the virus’ human-to-human transmissibility during crucial early stages, then ludicrously and insultingly praised Beijing’s transparency. After all of that, plus presiding over the joke of an “investigation” earlier this year, it should be abundantly clear that the WHO cannot be entrusted with this vital task. Josh Rogin, a Washington Post writer who’s written a well-regarded book about China, has not been impressed with the Biden administration’s approach to accountability.