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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has voiced support for an investigation of the origins of the novel coronavirus, lending European Union backing to a suggestion that Chinese officials have opposed.
Asked if she wanted China to work with the E.U. and other nations on an investigation of how the virus started, von der Leyen told CNBC: “Yes, I think this is for all of us important. I mean for the whole world it is important.
“You never know when the next virus is starting, so we all want for the next time, we have learned our lesson and we’ve established a system of early warning that really functions, and the whole world has to contribute to that,” Von der Leyen said in the Thursday interview.
The head of the E.U.’s executive branch also said she did not think that such a move should cause problems in relations between Europe and China. “It’s in all our own interests,” said von der Leyen, a former German defense minister.
[Source: Washington Post]