Gillard said that an inquiry was “a good process to have when there is a major health challenge for the world.”
Gillard took care not to credit the Morrison government, saying that she was taking a “broader perspective” on what is a global public health issue that any “rational human beings” would want to be investigated no matter where the virus originated.
Gillard also said that putting aside the nationalism that can sometimes arise during crises: “It is good to have a process which enables us to learn every lesson so that we can keep humanity safer for the future.”
Former Prime Minister @JuliaGillard has been appointed the next chair of one of the world’s largest investors in medical research and pandemics.
She is using her new role to join calls for an investigation into the coronavirus outbreak. pic.twitter.com/YppyN7JnYz
— News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) May 14, 2020
Gillard’s Role at Wellcome Trust
Gillard was recently appointed chair of the United Kingdom’s Wellcome Trust that co-funded research that led to the creation of the Ebola vaccine. The chair appointment will begin next year.
The Wellcome Trust is one of the world’s largest investment groups in medical research and has a $50.7 billion (£26. 8billion) investment portfolio.
Wellcome has been at the forefront of the global response to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic—commonly known as novel coronavirus. CEO Jeremy Farrar is one of the world’s most well-known infectious disease experts and has been working with nations to combat the pandemic.
According to the Wellcome Trust, they are working with Coalition for Epidemics Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) that has just invested $384 million in fast-tracking a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
This article was edited to include when Julia Gillard’s chair appointment will begin.