US demands 'robust' virus origin probe as pandemic surges worldwide

Washington (AFP) – The United States demanded a “robust and clear” international probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, as a team of World Health Organization experts in China waited Thursday for the green light to begin its long-awaited Covid-19 probe. The call came as coronavirus infections shot past 100 million and governments scrambled to get their hands on scarce vaccine doses, with a bitter row erupting between the European Union and Britain over the supply of AstraZeneca shots. Beijing has so far frustrated international efforts to track the origins of the virus, which has …

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