US Senator Discusses Public Health Emergency
Dear Ms. Capparella:
Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate hearing from you.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a United Nations specialized agency that was established to lead international efforts in coordinating the research, treatment, and monitoring of global health threats. As you are likely aware, the United States is the largest contributor to the WHO’s annual budget. Despite the significant responsibility entrusted to the WHO to assist member states in preventing and mitigating disease outbreaks, WHO has repeatedly mismanaged its response to serious health emergencies during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the 2016 Zika outbreak, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
In January 2020, when brave Chinese medical professionals attempted to alert the world about the new dangerous COVID-19 virus rapidly spreading in Wuhan, China, the WHO bent to the will of the autocratic Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and refused to public broadcast the threat of the virus and ineptitude of the CCP’s response. This blatant bias favoring the interests of the China government over global health is evident, and the WHO’s deference to the CCP has eliminated transparency. That is why I have called for investigations into the WHO’s handling of China and COVID-19.
The WHO has the ability to declare a “public health emergency of international concern” and recommend public health measures. However, the WHO does not and will never have the jurisdictional or legal authority to impose any public health recommendations in the United States or any other member-state. Regrettably, the WHO has continually neglected to consider the urgent reforms requested by the primary benefactor of the organization, the United States. Please know that as issues related to the WHO come before the full Senate, I will keep your views in mind.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me again about other issues that are important to you.