The worldwide coronavirus pandemic could have been prevented had China and the World Health Organization (WHO) acted responsibly said a report from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The New York Post obtained a copy of the 96-page House audit before its release on Monday.
The report was written by Republican members of the Democrat-held committee. The report condemns actions by the Chinese Communist Party and WHO to deal with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
“It is beyond doubt that the CCP 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 report reads. The lack of transparency by Chinese authorities after the initial appearance of COVID-19 in late 2019 in Wuhan province contributed to the outbreak spreading worldwide.
Citing a study on the Yale University-linked website Medrxiv the report states, “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. It is highly likely the ongoing pandemic could have been prevented.”
According to Fox News, the report contends that on January 1 the Chinese government ordered the Wuhan wet market where the virus was believed to have begun “be closed and sanitized, destroying forensic evidence that may have provided insight into the origins of the outbreak.”
Then, on January 2, Chinese scientists at the Wuhan Institute for Technology found out that the virus was highly contagious and could be communicated from human to human. They failed to immediately alert the WHO to their discovery.
China also failed to fulfill its obligations under International Health Regulations during the 2002 SARS crisis.
The WHO did little to help the situation, instead following the Chinese government narrative about the virus. 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 reads. “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. The WHO has been complicit in the spread and normalization of CCP propaganda and disinformation.”
The report states that the WHO chose to dismiss evidence coming from the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and the Hong Kong government about human to human transmission of the virus. The CCP does not recognize Taiwan as a legitimate nation and has been conducting a crackdown on Hong Kong dissidents for months.
The report recommends, “Director-General Tedros should accept responsibility for his detrimental impact on the COVID-19 response and resign.”
Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), the committee’s ranking member, placed the blame for the pandemic squarely at the feet of the CCP and the WHO. “It is crystal clear that had the CCP been transparent, and had the head of the WHO cared more about global health than appeasing the CCP, lives could have been spared and widespread economic devastation could have been mitigated,” he said.
The report also praises Taiwan for its early work on COVID-19 and recommends that the island nation be officially admitted to the WHO, a move that undoubtedly will be vociferously opposed by China.