‘It is not right that Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars are being used to propagate China’s lies and hide information that could have saved lives…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) A Pennsylvania Republican introduced legislation Tuesday to defund the World Health Organization over its role in helping the Chinese Communist Party to conceal the early spread of the Wuhan virus.
The bill drafted by Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Penn., would withhold funding to the WHO until Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian microbiologist, resigns from his position and an outside committee explores the organization’s failure to alert the world about COVID-19.
“The WHO helped the Chinese Communist Party hide the threat of COVID-19 from the world and now more than 10,000 Americans are dead, a number that is expected to rise dramatically in the coming weeks,” Reschenthaler said.
“The United States is the largest contributor to WHO,” he continued. “It is not right that Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars are being used to propagate China’s lies and hide information that could have saved lives. This bill will hold the WHO accountable for their negligence and deceit.”
Chinese officials knew that humans could transmit the virus to each other as early as December 2019, but they failed to warn other nations about the threat.
The World Health Organization knew by Jan. 22 that the virus had spread to multiple countries, but they did not issue a “public health emergency of international concern” until Jan. 30.
“Instead of working to save lives around the world, WHO stood by and downplayed the severity of the virus so as not to offend Chinese officials,” Reschenthaler said.
“I hope my colleagues join me to hold WHO responsible for playing politics rather than focusing on its mission to coordinate global efforts on public health crises like the one we are currently experiencing,” he added.
A study from the University of Southampton found that coronavirus cases may have been reduced by 95 percent if the Chinese Communist Party took measures to contain the virus three weeks earlier.