South China Morning Post  |  February 17, 2021

Lawrence Gostin, director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University in the US, said the “timing and terms of the WHO inquiry” showed why the UN body needed greater powers.

“At present, the US and the rest of the world must rely on WHO to negotiate access in an open and fair way,” he said, adding the US should advocate for granting the UN body “more power to independently verify officially reported information about novel diseases.”

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