The initiative is led by one of the two Florida senators, the Republican Marco Rubio, and mentions the need to collaborate with “partners such as Japan, South Korea and European nations in pursuit of an open and transparent investigation.” They also suggest the appointment of an official specialized in this task.
In addition to Rubio, Senators Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee), Thom Tillis (North Carolina), John Cornyn (Texas), Roger Wicker (Mississippi), Ted Cruz (Texas), Dan Sullivan (Arkansas), and Mike Lee (signed). Utah). They all belong to the republican party.
The order comes a day after it was installed in the public conversation the hypothesis that the coronavirus that has caused the global pandemic may come from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began.
Both President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were consulted on this issue by journalists from the network. Fox News and indicated that “multiple sources” support this theory, and while clarifying that it would be a natural virus and not an artificially created pathogen in that establishment, its “flight” and subsequent spread would have been possible due to poor security protocols. Both indicated that the US government is conducting a “thorough investigation” on the matter.
Along these lines, the senators criticized the actions of China during the pandemic and indicate that “since the outbreak emerged, The Chinese Communist Party has gone to great lengths to cover and divert attention, and even directly blame the United States for it. ”
“Once the pandemic is under control, there will be a need to carry out a thorough investigation into the origins of the virus and the abuse of the PRC by international organizations, including WHO. Therefore, we urge you to indicate to your administration, including Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador [ante las Naciones Unidas, Kelly] Craft to work with our allies such as Japan, South Korea and European countries to seek an open and transparent investigation into the origins of Covid-19, at the same time as the WHO’s decision-making on the crisis, ”says a paragraph of the letter, which also urges the head of state to appoint a specialized official to lead the coordination of international efforts on investigations.
“We look forward to working with you to cope with the COVID-19 crisis and meet the growing challenge posed by the Chinese Communist Party and its efforts to corrupt international organizations ”, concludes the letter signed by the senators.
United States withdraws its funding from WHO
Trump announced Wednesday that his country would suspend its share of funding to the WHO, estimated at about $ 400 million, while a study was underway to examine the agency’s role in “mismanagement and the cover-up of the spread of the coronavirus. “
“The WHO covered up the spread of China’s misinformation about the virus,” added the president from the White House. According to him, the agency accepted “without question” the word of China, “and even praised it for its transparency.” “They said there was no need to impose travel restrictions. That probably caused the number of cases to multiply by 20, and the number could be higher, “he added.
According to Trump, the WHO prevented the transparency of information about the coronavirus outbreak and the United States now “he will discuss what to do with all that money going to the WHO.” “If WHO had done its job and dispatched experts to China to objectively assess the situation on the ground, the outbreak would have been contained with far fewer deaths,” he added.
“With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have deep concerns about whether the generosity of the United States has been used to the best of its ability. ”he added.