G-7 Leaders Call For Investigation Into COVID-19 Origins

Headline Roundup June 13th, 2021

The leaders of the G-7 nations released a joint statement Sunday calling for an investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the G-7 Summit came to a close Sunday, President Joe Biden, along with the leaders of the U.K., Italy, Germany, Canada, Japan and France, called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to lead "a timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO-convened Phase 2 COVID-19 Origins study" in China. This comes after Biden urged the other leaders to call out China’s nonmarket policies and human rights violations; in the statement, the G-7 said it would challenge "non-market policies...which undermine the fair and transparent operation of the global economy” and called on China to "respect human rights and fundamental freedoms" in Xinjiang. The leaders of the G-7 nations also pledged to deliver 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries in need within one year; committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050; and agreed on a 15% minimum tax on multinational companies. 

Outlets from across the spectrum focused on the details of the G-7 leaders' statement. 

From the Left
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World leaders attending the Group of Seven summit on Sunday issued a call for a new study into the origins of Covid-19, including in China, after an initial report was deemed lacking because Beijing had refused to cooperate.

They agreed to speak out against human rights abuses in China, a matter that had been hotly debated behind closed doors over the course of the three-day summit.

"I think we're in a contest with China ... in a contest with autocratic governments around the world, as whether or not democracies can compete with...

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From the Right
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G-7 nations filed a joint statement calling for a “timely” investigation into the origins of COVID-19 in China on Sunday.

The leaders of G-7 nations published a “shared agenda” on Sunday, the final day of the summit in the U.K. The agenda detailed dozens of initiatives, but also called for the World Health Organization (WHO) to lead an investigation into whether COVID-19 leaked from a research lab in China.

“We also call for a timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO-convened Phase 2 COVID-19 Origins study including, as recommended by the...

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Group of Seven (G-7) leaders on Sunday called for a renewed, "transparent" investigation into the origins of the coronavirus and pledged to give 1 billion vaccine doses to countries in need as their weekend of meetings in the United Kingdom came to an end.

President Biden joined the leaders of the U.K., Italy, Germany, Canada, Japan and France in signing a joint communique that addressed the group's commitments on the pandemic, climate change, ransomware and corruption.

The leaders called for a "timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based [World Health Organization]-convened Phase 2 COVID-19 Origins...

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