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Australia tells UN it wants coronavirus pandemic probe to prevent others

Australia called for an independent review Friday on the coronavirus pandemic origins to “prevent the next one” from happening.

“Australia … sees understanding the cause of this pandemic, not as a political issue, but as being essential,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the UN General Assembly.

Canberra’s support for a probe into the origins of the virus exacerbated its bilateral relations with China.

Morrison added: “We need to know so we can prevent this death and this calamity being visited upon the world again. That can be our only motivation.”

The two countries have witnessed relations spiraling down in the past two years also because of Australia joining the US-led Quad, a loose security alliance along with Japan and India to counter China’s expanding economic and military influence in the wider Asia-Pacific region.

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