Carter Introduces Measure to Investigate World Health Organization Mishandling of COVID-19 Pandemic
Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) introduced legislation today to direct the Secretaries of State and Health and Human Services to investigate the World Health Organization (WHO) for the following:
the failures of the WHO to address the spread of the virus responsible for COVID--19;
the extent to which the WHO withheld information from Member States of the United Nations relating to such spread;
the accuracy of infection data published by the WHO relating to such spread;
the relationship between the WHO and the People's Republic of China;
the role of the WHO in covering-up such spread in the People's Republic of China; and
any other systemic failure of the WHO, as determined appropriate by the Secretary of State for inclusion in the report.
The legislation also lays out how leadership at the WHO has shown a history of suppressing information even before the coronavirus pandemic. This includes:
In 2014, while serving as Health Minister in Ethiopia, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (now the WHO Director-General) covered up three cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia.
In 2017, leaked emails revealed that the World Health Organization refused to classify the ebola outbreak as a public health emergency for over two months as to not ""anger'' the leaders of African countries.
"There is no question that the World Health Organization's actions and their sympathizing with China has led to turning the entire world upside down," said Carter."Now, thousands of Americans have died and millions of Americans have lost their jobs. If the WHO would have done their job, the world could have better prepared to prevent the spread and taken action much sooner. Instead, the WHO covered-up for China and their suppression of the truth. Plain and simple, the WHO failed and now the entire world is paying for it. I'm introducing this legislation today because the American people deserve answers and Congress must hold the WHO accountable. I'm grateful that a great group of members have joined me in this effort, and I hope to get this legislation approved as soon as possible."
Original cosponsors include:
Representatives Rick Crawford (R-Ar.), Ted Budd (R-Nc.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wa.), Jeff Van Drew (R-Nj.), Jim Banks (R-In.), Steve Watkins (R-Ks.), Greg Steube (R-Fl.) and Dan Crenshaw (R-Tx.).