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Press Release Published: Jan 20, 2021

Comer & Scalise Blast Biden’s Decision to Rejoin the World Health Organization

WASHINGTON—House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) today blasted President Biden for announcing the United States will rejoin the World Health Organization.

“Having the United States rejoin the World Health Organization without it undergoing serious reforms is foolish,” said Ranking Member Comer. “From the very start of the coronavirus pandemic, the WHO and Secretary-General Tedros have proven that their priority has been to abet the Chinese government at the expense of the American people and the rest of the world. While China spread misinformation so it could hoard medical supplies, the WHO parroted China’s lies denying human to human transmission of the virus and Tedros praised them for their transparency. Until the WHO undergoes much needed reforms, American taxpayers should not subsidize an organization that has acted as Communist China’s propaganda outlet at every turn.”

“America has paid too-high a price for China’s lies and the World Health Organization’s complicity,” said Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee Ranking Member Scalise. “The WHO shielded China from accountability for lying to the world and trying to cover up the origins of the coronavirus. No organization should receive American taxpayer dollars that refuses to tell the truth and is unaccountable to the nations it serves.”