Republicans on the House Overseas Affairs Committee issued a report Monday on the origins of the novel coronavirus, accusing China and the World Well being Group of a “failure of monumental proportions” in correctly dealing with the virus at its onset.
Republicans on the committee, led by rating member Michael McCaul, R-Texas, accused the Chinese language Communist Social gathering of “intentional efforts to mislead the global community” and delayed launch of data on the virus.
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“After months of investigating, it’s become crystal clear the Chinese Communist Party’s cover-up of the coronavirus, especially in the early days of the outbreak, played a significant role in turning what could have been a local epidemic into a global pandemic,” McCaul stated in an announcement to Fox Information Monday. “And, unfortunately, the World Health Organization under the leadership of Director General Tedros only exacerbated the problem by repeatedly ignoring warnings about the severity of the virus, including from their own health experts, while at the same time parroting the CCP’s propaganda without independently confirming their claims.”
He added: “This was a failure of monumental proportions and it is imperative that we uncover the truth so we can set up future safeguards to prevent this from happening yet again.”
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The report discovered that the CCP’s cover-up “greatly impacted the global response to COVID-19” and famous that “even once the response began, it was informed by WHO guidelines developed based on CCP lies and disinformation.”
The committee accused the WHO of ignoring its personal pointers put in place after the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s, which referred to as for the group to research studies of potential “public health emergency”—like SARS, a sort of coronavirus—from the begin to forestall any probability of pandemic.
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The committee additionally accused the Chinese language Communist Social gathering ignoring the principles requiring governments to report any data of a brand new SARS-like virus to the WHO inside 24 hours.
In 2005 following the SARS outbreak, the WHO had up to date the International Health Regulations (IHR), which have been first adopted by the Well being Meeting in 1969, acknowledging that the group has “a central and historic responsibility” to handle “the control of the international spread of disease.”
The revised laws included updates to world well being safety, together with “epidemic alert and response,” “global public health response to natural occurrence,” “accidental release or deliberate use of biological and chemical agents or radio nuclear material that affect health,” and “severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), with a view to responding to the need to ensure global public health.”
Based on Articles 6 and 7 of the revised IHR, members are obligated to supply the group with all related public well being data, together with lab outcomes, “within 24 hours of assessment … of all events which may constitute a public health emergency of international concern.” The doc later cites SARS for example.
However the report launched Monday revealed that China by no means truly reported the existence of a novel virus in the nation.
“Despite public reporting to the contrary, the [People’s Republic of China] never notified the WHO about the outbreak in Wuhan,” the report states. “PRC authorities additionally actively engaged in a cover-up designed to stop the spread of data associated to sufferers testing constructive for SARS and their data that the diseases have been attributable to a coronavirus just like SARS-CoV—in violation of the IHR.
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In the meantime, the committee discovered that the CCP “had sufficient information to warrant a full scale public health response as early as mid-December 2019.”
“Research shows that the CCP could have reduced the number of cases in China by up to 95%, had it fulfilled its obligations under international law and implemented a public health response at an earlier date,” the report famous. “The World Health Organization enabled the CCP cover-up by failing to investigate and publicize reports conflicting with the official CCP, while at the same time praising the CCP’s response.”
The report added: “In sum, the COVID-19 global pandemic could have been prevented if the CCP acted in a transparent and responsible manner.”
The report additionally famous that the CCP’s “cover-up” “cost thousands of Chinese citizens and hundreds of thousands of others around the world their lives,” and stated that as a result of of the dearth of knowledge from “patient zero” and “destroyed lab samples,” “we may never know the origination of SARS-CoV-2.”
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WHO Director-Common Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has defended the organization’s early actions. “We didn’t waste any time. We didn’t want to waste any time,” he stated throughout a press convention final week.
He additionally stated that the group gave world leaders sufficient time to reply accordingly to the novel coronavirus. Tedros stated that the group declared a world well being emergency when there have been solely 82 deaths from the virus exterior of China, “which means, the world had sufficient time to intervene.”
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In April, McCaul referred to as for the resignation of WHO’s director — one thing a number of U.S. lawmakers had done– calling it “appropriate” as he’s “the person conspiring with the Chinese Communist Party.”
Final month, President Trump introduced that the U.S. is “terminating” its relationship with the WHO over its failure to enact reforms in the face of issues over its dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic and its pro-China bias.
“Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” Trump advised reporters at a Rose Backyard occasion final month.