Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., on Tuesday called for Congress to investigate the World Health Organization and consider cutting its funding, saying the group was "helping Communist China cover up" the coronavirus outbreak.
"The mission of the WHO is to get public health information to the world so every country can make the best decisions to keep their citizens safe," Scott wrote in a statement. "When it comes to Coronavirus, the WHO failed. They need to be held accountable for their role in promoting misinformation and helping Communist China cover up a global pandemic.
"We know Communist China is lying about how many cases and deaths they have, what they knew and when they knew it – and the WHO never bothered to investigate further. Their inaction cost lives. As soon as Congress is back in session, there should be a hearing, along with a full investigation, to review whether American taxpayers should continue to spend millions of dollars every year to fund an organization that willfully parroted propaganda from the Chinese Communist Party."
The senator includes links to several news reports on China's response to the coronavirus outbreak, including "using WHO official Bruce Aylward's comments for its propaganda," and the WHO "praising China's coronavirus response and transparency, even as Chinese officials noted the issues with their own response to the coronavirus."
A spokesperson for WHO told Fox News last week:
"WHO's focus at all times is to ensure that all areas of the globe have the information they need to manage the health of their people. In a recent interview, the WHO official who headed the joint international mission to China, did not answer a question on Taiwan's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The question of Taiwanese membership in WHO is up to WHO Member States, not WHO staff. However, WHO is working closely with all health authorities who are facing the current coronavirus pandemic, including Taiwanese health experts."
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