Rep. Michael McCaul (R‑Texas) has accused the Chinese Communist Party of covering up and controlling investigations during the initial days of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in large-scale death and destruction.
The congressman from Texas, who also serves on the House's Foreign Affairs Committee, said the Chinese regime waited six days in January to warn of the likelihood of a pandemic and instead went on to detain eight doctors who sounded the alarm about the lethal viral disease.
"Then you go into the January timeframe, it becomes very interesting because at that time you had not only the doctors but Taiwan and the WHO medical personnel in Wuhan warning the WHO. And now we just found out an internal Chinese Communist Party memo from within in, in January, at very high levels warning that this was, in fact, human-to-human transmission," said McCaul.
The Congressman said the WHO, instead of issuing an international public health emergency, decided to keep quiet, and at that time China was also celebrating the spring festival.
"Five million people leave Wuhan, travel throughout China and then millions of people from China travel internationally. This could have been stopped, this could have been contained, but instead, we now have a global pandemic," said McCaul.
The United States is the biggest overall donor to the Geneva-based WHO, contributing more than $400 million in 2019, roughly 15 percent of its budget.