Hawley, Stefanik call for investigation into Chinese role in coronavirus outbreak, as Biden restores WHO ties

Hawley, Stefanik call for investigation into Chinese role in coronavirus outbreak, as Biden restores WHO ties

Sen.
Josh
Hawley,
R-Mo.,
and
Rep.
Elise
Stefanik,
R-N.Y.,
are
calling
for
an
international
investigation
into
the
origins
of
the
coronavirus
outbreak
and
China’s
role
in
it

just
as

President
Biden
moved
to
rejoin
the World
Health
Organization (WHO).

The

resolution,
originally
introduced
in
March,
called
for
“an
international
investigation
into
the
handling
by
the
Government
of
the
People’s
Republic
of
China
of
COVID–19
and
the
impact
of
handling
COVID–19
in
that
manner
on
the
people
of
the
United
States
and
other
nations.”

“It
has
been
one
year
since
the
first
confirmed
COVID-19
case
in
the
U.S.
and
China
continues
to
stonewall
any
credible
investigation
into
the
origins
of
this
deadly
pandemic.
Meanwhile,
the
World
Health
Organization,
which
President
Biden
has
praised,
has
shown
itself
to
be,
at
best,
incompetent
and,
at
worst,
a
pawn
of
the
Chinese
Communist
Party
[CCP],”
Hawley
said
in
a
statement
on
Friday.

“We
must
redouble
our
efforts
to
understand
how
CCP
negligence
unleashed
a
global
pandemic
and
hold
them
accountable.”

BIDEN
TO
RE-ENGAGE WITH
WHO
AFTER
TRUMP
CUT
TIES
OVER
COVID,
CHINA 

While
the
World
Health
Organization
(WHO)
is
conducting
its
own
investigation,
the
Trump
administration
and
Republicans
had

expressed
skepticism
about
the
probe
and
the
WHO
itself.
President
Donald
Trump
announced
in
the
summer
that
the
U.S.
would
terminate
its
relationship
with
the
WHO,
where
the
U.S.
was
the
largest
funder,
over
its
refusal
to
reform
and
it’s
alleged
pro-China
bias.

Biden
retracted
that
withdrawal
this
week
and
alerted
the
U.N.
Secretary-General
Antonio
Guterres
that
the
U.S.
would
remain
part
of
the
organization.

“The
WHO
plays
a
crucial
role
in
the
world’s
fight
against
the
deadly
COVID-19
pandemic
as
well
as
countless
other
threats
to
global
health
and
health
security,”
he
said.
“The
United
States
will
continue
to
be
a
full
participant
and
a
global
leader
in
confronting
such
threats
and
advancing
global
health
and
health
security.”

POMPEO
URGES
WHO
TO
PROBE
WUHAN
LAB
ILLNESSES,
DEMANDS
BEIJING
BE
TRANSPARENT 

WHO
scientists
arrived
in
China
last
week,
but amid
concerns
that
the
investigation
will
be hampered by
China,
who
spent
months
hashing
out
the
terms
of
the
probe
with
the
WHO.

Hawley
and
Stefanik
noted
comments
by
scientists
on
the
mission
who

reportedly
said
the
investigation
is
“not
about
finding
China
guilty.”

The
lawmakers
said
that
President
Biden
should
push
forward
and
demand
a
new
investigation
by
the
international
community.
Stefanik
said
that
Biden
“has
the
power
to
demand
answers
from
the
World
Health
Organization”
as
to
why
it
promoted
“Chinese
misinformation”
about
the
pandemic.

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“Instead,
President
Biden
made
the
illogical
decision
to
rejoin
the
WHO
without
repercussions
or
demands
for
critical
reforms,”
she
said.
“President
Biden
must
stand
up
for
the
American
people,
and
hold
tax-payer
funded,
global
organizations
like
the
WHO
responsible
when
America’s
interests
are
being
ignored.”

The
resolution,
introduced
in
both
chambers,
also
calls
for
the
international
community
to
quantify
the
harm
caused
by
the
communist
regime’s
handling
of
the
pandemic
and
“design
a
mechanism”
to
deliver
compensation
from
China
for
nations
affected
by
the
pandemic.

Adam
Shaw
is
a
reporter
covering
U.S.
and
European
politics
for
Fox
News.
He
can
be
reached
at
adam.shaw@foxnews.com.

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