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Congressional report: ‘WHO, China could have helped prevent COVID-19’

A U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee audit reveals the coronavirus outbreak may have been prevented if not for Chinese “cover-up” in the early days of the outbreak and the World Health Organization “parroting” Beijing propaganda, reports the New York Post, quoting the 96-page report obtained by the paper ahead of its planned Monday release.

The report says the Chinese Communist Party destroyed evidence and buried troubling data, “while nationalizing supply chains and limiting exports of U.S. companies 3M and General Motors, keeping key goods in the country.”

The report, authored by Republican members of the Democrat-held committee, says: “It is beyond doubt that the CCP actively engaged in a cover-up designed to obfuscate data, hide relevant public health information, and suppress doctors and journalists who attempted to warn the world.”

Citing a study on Medrxiv, a Yale University-linked online clearinghouse for medical manuscripts, the report continues: “Research shows the CCP could have reduced the number of cases in China by up to 95 percent had it fulfilled its obligations under international law and responded to the outbreak in a manner consistent with best practices,” concluding, “It is highly likely the ongoing pandemic could have been prevented.”

Instead, on Jan. 1, CCP officials ordered that the Wuhan wet market from which the contagion is believed to have sprung “be closed and sanitized, destroying forensic evidence that may have provided insight into the origins of the outbreak,” the report said.

The report also identifies WHO Director Tedros Adhanom as aiding the “obfuscation”, calling for Tedros’ resignation.

“The WHO has been complicit in the spread and normalization of CCP propaganda and disinformation,” they wrote. “Director-General Tedros should accept responsibility for his detrimental impact on the COVID-19 response and resign.”

Source: Arutz Sheva