Coronavirus: Now is not the time for blame, EU says of Australia's search for probe

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BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - Any apportioning of blame could threaten international cooperation to confront the coronavirus pandemic, the EU's top diplomat said on Wednesday (April 22), reacting to Australia's bid for support for an inquiry into the origins of the outbreak.

"The priority has to be facing the pandemic, saving lives, containing this spread. We will only defeat the pandemic through global efforts and cooperation, and this cooperation cannot be jeopardised by blaming one or the other about the origins," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told a video news conference.

Australia's push for an independent review of the origins and spread of the pandemic, including the response of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has drawn sharp criticism from China.

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