04.24.20

Senator David Perdue Requests Independent Review Of WHO’s COVID-19 Response

“WHO appears to have shown remarkable deference to the Chinese government throughout this pandemic.”

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling for an independent investigation into the World Health Organization’s (WHO) handling of COVID-19.

In a letter to United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres, Senator Perdue and colleagues on the Foreign Relations Committee requested that the UN convene an independent panel of experts to conduct a review of WHO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We write to request the UN immediately convene an independent panel of experts to conduct a thorough review of the WHO’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, to include an interim assessment of the WHO’s performance to date and recommendations for short, medium, and long-term course corrections or reforms,” wrote the senators.

“The United States and countries around the world depend upon the WHO as a source of reliable, independent, and scientifically-based information about public health challenges,” continued the senators. “However, the WHO appears to have shown remarkable deference to the Chinese government throughout this pandemic.”

“Restoring confidence in the WHO as the premier UN global health agency committed to sound, scientifically-based global health principles and practices will require greater transparency, accountability, and reform,” the senators concluded.

Read the full letter here.

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