US Senate intends to study the role of China and WHO in the spread of COVID-19

US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs intends to examine the circumstances surrounding the emergence of coronavirus, in particular the role of China and the World Health Organization (WHO) in spreading the infection. This was announced by committee chairman Ron Johnson in an interview with Politico, published April 14.

“Where did all this begin? Was it (coronavirus. – Ed.) transmitted from an animal to man? Was it [disseminated] from a laboratory in China? Perhaps the best intentions were to develop different ways, methods of treatment of coronavirus in general. We need to know what role WHO could have played in hiding this information,” he said.

In addition, the senators intend to find out why the United States was not sufficiently prepared for the possible danger, why the necessary medical equipment and drugs were manufactured abroad and there was a shortage of them in the country, as well as how the virus spread and what was the primary reaction of WHO to the outbreak.

The Senate believed that China and WHO had taken insufficient action to prevent the pandemic.

Johnson noted that the USA was caught off-guard by the pandemic and suggested that if better informed, the country could, among other things, produce more accurate coronavirus testing systems.

Earlier that day, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a culprit to be found for the coronavirus and also accused China of failing to provide data on COVID-19 in a timely manner. In his opinion, the world community learned about the infection too late.

At the same time, the media report that intelligence reported to U.S. President Donald Trump about the danger of an outbreak of coronavirus in late November 2019. The American leader himself has repeatedly called the virus “Chinese” and criticized WHO for focusing on the situation with COVID-19 in China. He noted that the organization is funded mainly by the U.S., but that from the beginning of the outbreak it has given wrong recommendations, in his opinion.

Senator Martha Maxalli called for the resignation of WHO Director-General Tedros Hebreysus, claiming that he had underreported the coronavirus situation in China.