House Republicans: China “Could Have Prevented” COVID Pandemic

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A new report from Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee concludes that the coronavirus pandemic “could have been prevented” by China and the World Health Organization if they had been clearer, more honest, and proactive with the international community.

According to a new story in The New York Post, the report – written by the committee’s minority members – is 96 pages long and holds China strongly accountable for its lack of transparency during the first months of outbreak. The report also calls on WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom to resign due to his “detrimental impact on the COVID-19 response.”

“It is beyond doubt that the Chinese Communist Party actively engaged in a cover-up designed to obfuscate data, hide relevant public health information, and suppress doctors and journalists who attempted to warn the world,” the Republican members wrote.

“Research shows the CCP could have reduced the number of cases in China by up to 95 percent had it fulfilled its obligations under international law and responded to the outbreak in a manner consistent with best practices,” the report continued. “It is highly likely the ongoing pandemic could have been prevented.”

The members even took issue with some of the measures that Chinese officials took to limit the spread of the disease. For instance, they criticized the CCP for ordering the wet market where the virus may have jumped from animals to humans to be “closed and sanitized, destroying forensic evidence that may have provided insight into the origins of the outbreak.”

That clean-up took place on January 1st. On the 2nd, scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology came to the conclusion that the coronavirus was extremely contagious. Unfortunately, they kept that information to themselves, neglecting to share the discovery with the WHO. Meanwhile, officials at the WHO were forced to rely on warnings from Taiwan and Hong Kong, where scientists were sounding the alarm about the likelihood of person-to-person transmission. Instead of taking its cues from these democratic governments, the WHO continued to parrot Chinese officials, who insisted that there was “no evidence” of this transmission.

“From the early stages of the outbreak, the WHO, under Director-General Tedros’ leadership, parroted and upheld as inviolable truth, statements from the CCP,” the report said. “An examination of their public statements, including the praise heaped on the CCP’s handling of the pandemic, reveal a disturbing willingness to ignore science and alternative credible sources.”

It is disappointing that neither the WHO nor the Chinese government have truly been held accountable for these weeks of dishonestly and deceit, the absence of which might have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. It’s also disappointing (though not surprising) that Democrats are so willing to look the other way.