U.S. President Donald Trump told the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly on Sept. 22 that the world “must hold China accountable” for causing the coronavirus pandemic. In a pre-recorded speech aired during the virtual conference, Trump described China as “the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world.”
“We are once again engaged in a global struggle. We have waged a fierce battle against an invisible enemy … which has claimed countless lives,” he added.
During the early stages of the pandemic — starting in the central city of Wuhan — the Chinese government chose to lock down cities, but allowed flights to leave China and “infect the world.” It did not warn the public about the risk of transmission until Jan. 20.
Meanwhile, the U.S. initially released a travel warning against China on Jan. 21 after the first infected patient with a travel history to Wuhan was confirmed. It imposed a full ban on Chinese travelers on Jan. 30. Trump said that China condemned his move to bar Chinese tourists even as the country itself “canceled domestic flights and locked citizens in their homes.”
The U.S. president also criticized the World Health Organization (WHO) for its complicity in covering up the full extent of the coronavirus. Calling the WHO “virtually controlled by China,” he lambasted the organization’s false declarations that human beings cannot transmit the coronavirus, and people without symptoms would not spread the disease.
The WHO said in January that, based on data from Chinese health authorities, there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission.”
As a result of the WHO’s “failed response” to the pandemic, the U.S. announced its withdrawal as a member of the agency in July—to take effect next year.
Meanwhile, Chinese leader Xi Jinping emphasized the need for “cooperation” in his speech broadcasted during the U.N. General Assembly. He added that nations must “adhere to the guidance of science,” “fully exercise the WHO’s leading role,” and reject attempts at “politicization and stigmatization.”
Last Sept. 21, Republicans in the House of Representatives released an audit naming the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the WHO responsible for spreading the pandemic. According to the report, a global outbreak would have been prevented if both organizations acted sooner.
Texas Rep. Michael McCaul said concerning the House audit: “Had the CCP been transparent, and had the head of the WHO cared more about global health than appeasing the CCP, lives could have been spared and widespread economic devastation could have been mitigated.”
Six Republican senators jointly introduced in July a bill that permitted Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic to file lawsuits against the Chinese government in U.S. courts. Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, a co-author of the proposed “Civil Justice for Victims of COVID Act,” said in a statement that Americans victimized by the CCP’s “lies and deceit” deserve the opportunity to hold China responsible and demand compensation.
The president’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly and the moves by U.S. lawmakers shine a light on China’s culpability in causing the global coronavirus pandemic. But prior to these, evidence of China’s attempts to cover up its responsibility with the help of the WHO has surfaced.
According to critics of the WHO, it was too slow to recommend travel restrictions and other measures that could have addressed the spread of the coronavirus. It also accepted information from China without verifying if these were correct, given the Chinese government’s practice of sanitizing the truth. The organization even praised China’s response to the pandemic even though the CCP was concealing the real situation in the country.
Furthermore, a report has revealed WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus used to be a high-ranking member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) responsible for brutal human rights abuses in Ethiopia. The U.S. designated the China-backed TPLF as a terrorist organization in the 1990s.
According to data from the Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has the largest coronavirus caseload amounting to 6.9 million infections; 201,909 deaths and 2.7 million recoveries were recorded in the country.
Data from the same source indicate China has a caseload of 90,409 infections, 4,738 deaths and 85,304 recoveries.
Read more about China and the WHO’s attempts to cover up the full extent of the coronavirus pandemic at Pandemic.news.