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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, June 16

Xinhua
17 Jun 2021, 02:06 GMT+10

CAIRO -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday called on the newly elected Israeli government to take brave decisions for reaching a peace deal in the region, the country's foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The new government represents the choice of the Israeli people," he said, adding Egypt looks forward to working with the new Israeli government to push the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and to establish an independent Palestinian state.

"Egypt works on exploring the efforts that will lead to the peace in the region and reaching an agreement based on the two-state solution," the statement said.

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WELLINGTON -- "There is a huge amount of data to support this being a natural event," said David Hayman, a professor of infectious disease ecology at Massey University in New Zealand, referring to the emergence of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

"The joint World Health Organisation (WHO)-convened report has not excluded any hypotheses, but ranked them on the basis of current evidence and research required. Essentially, I am in agreement with the conclusions presented by WHO," Hayman told Xinhua in a recent interview.

"To date, there is nothing but some circumstantial evidence that SARS-CoV-2 escaped from a laboratory," said the scientist, who reiterated that he still does not see any signs of human intervention of the virus according to all the evidence and data scientists have got so far.

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LONDON -- Ensuring that spreading vaccines as widely as possible around the globe is "imperative" to fight the COVID-19 pandemic amid a surge of variants, a British expert said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

Uma Kambhampati from the University of Reading in England said that the rapid spread of the Delta variant, which was first identified in India, not only in India, but in clusters around the globe including Britain, is a warning sign for any country who thinks they are safe if their own vaccination rollout is going to plan.

"Look at the Delta variant (in Britain) ... it is absolutely the case given how easy it is to travel and how hard it is for us to prevent such travel," Kambhampati told Xinhua. "That if it (COVID-19) is there anywhere in the world, it is there everywhere."

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that it doesn't look like that COVID-19 originated from a lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, local media reported.

"At the moment the advice we've had is that it doesn't look like this particular disease of a zoonotic origin came from a lab," Johnson said Sunday in his closing press conference at the Group of Seven summit in Britain's southwestern resort of Carbis Bay, a seaside resort and village in Cornwall.

"I do think there's a problem with zoonotic diseases and this is clearly something we need to focus on," he said.

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Britain's "best information" remained that COVID-19 "jumped" from animals to humans.

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