President Joe Biden on Tuesday, Jan. 26, signed a memorandum that contains a ban on labeling the CCP Virus, or coronavirus, as “China virus.”
“The Federal Government must recognize that it has played a role in furthering these xenophobic sentiments through the actions of political leaders, including references to the COVID-19 pandemic by the geographic location of its origin,” according to the memorandum released by the White House, which is designed to condemn rising racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
“Such statements have stoked unfounded fears and perpetuated stigma about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and have contributed to increasing rates of bullying, harassment, and hate crimes against AAPI persons,” the document reads.
The reference to “political leaders” apparently meant to recall Donald Trump as the former president used to call the coronavirus “China virus” and “kung flu” because of its origin.
The coronavirus is widely believed to have been created in a lab in Wuhan, China.
Answering a reporter who asked in last March that why Trump used the term “China virus,” the president replied, “Because it comes from China.”
“I want to be accurate,” the president had said, adding that the term is “not racist at all.”
A number of past pandemics have been named for their places of origin, such as Spanish Flu, West Nile Virus, Zika, Ebola. All named for places.
With the new document, which is Biden’s 37th executive order within six days, the new administration is expected to direct federal agencies to examine whether there are xenophobic references like “China virus” in any existing policies, directives or government websites published by the previous administration.