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Republican senators seek answers on WHO’s early response to coronavirus outbreak

A bunch of Republican lawmakers on Tuesday penned a letter to the World Health Organization requesting details about the United Nations-backed company’s preliminary response to the coronavirus pandemic as criticism mounts of China’s alleged early efforts to downplay the unfold of the extremely contagious virus.

The letter, signed by Republican Sens. Todd Young of Indiana, Rick Scott of Florida, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Martha McSally of Arizona, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Steve Daines of Montana and Joni Ernst of Iowa, seeks solutions on what the group referred to as a “failed and delayed response” to the outbreak.

“American taxpayers fund the WHO, and it is up to us to make sure those taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely,” the lawmakers wrote.

The senators requested solutions to questions on when the organization was first made conscious of the virus, who led coordination with China’s response to the outbreak, and whether or not WHO management earned further monetary compensation outdoors of their salaries in the course of the pandemic. They additionally requested copies of all coronavirus-related information and paperwork from WHO management between Oct. 1 and March 21.

Also Tuesday, Sen. Josh Hawley, Missouri Republican, unveiled laws aimed toward holding “the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) responsible for causing the COVID-19 global pandemic.”

His laws would authorize a global investigation into China’s alleged downplaying of the virus at its earliest phases.

“There is overwhelming evidence that the Chinese Communist Party’s lies, deceit, and incompetence caused COVID-19 to transform from a local disease outbreak into a global pandemic,” Mr. Hawley stated in an announcement. “The CCP unleashed this pandemic. They must be held accountable to their victims.”

The actions come lower than per week after Mr. Yong, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral Institutions, referred to as on the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to testify earlier than the panel on the organization’s response to coronavirus and the U.S.’ monetary contribution to the company.

The U.S. authorities offered almost 15% of WHO’s $5.6 billion finances for 2018 and 2019 — $237 million by way of assessments and $656 million in voluntary funds, in accordance with Science journal.

Last week, President Trump criticized Mr. Tedros for ready too lengthy to name the outbreak a pandemic and stated he was contemplating a freeze or reduce in U.S. monetary assist.

Mr. Tedros, an Ethiopian microbiologist who has been a major goal of Republican-led anger, informed reporters in a digital press convention following Mr. Trump’s feedback that the world can’t afford to be divided at this second and prompt that the president’s threats have been misguided and harmful.

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