Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday called on President Joe Biden to use his leadership position to ensure that the investigation into the origins of the CCP Virus in Wuhan, China, conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) is free of conflicts of interest.
The controversial global health agency has been at the center of criticism both for its errant actions throughout the CCP Virus pandemic in 2020 and for allegations of corruption and connections to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that prevented a proper investigation to determine the true origin of the virus in Wuhan and act accordingly.
“I urge you to use your leadership to ensure investigations by the World Health Organization are free from conflict of interest,” Blackburn said in a letter to Biden published by Fox News.
Blackburn asks for Biden’s help
Blackburn further noted that while the CCP Virus pandemic had affected American life and the economy, “the investigation into the origins of the pandemic is not complete” and therefore it is the responsibility of the federal government to press for accurate information on the origins of the virus in order to make sound decisions to prevent future issues.
More than a year after the start of the outbreak of the CCP Virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially entered China in February to investigate the origin of the virus. Doubts about the veracity of their reports abound, especially after it became known that some of the members of the investigative team have close ties to CCP organizations and their rulers.
One of the members of the research team, Peter Daszak, has proven ties to the CCP: He has worked for years for the Wuhan Institute of Virology and has received millions of dollars from the CCP as a research grant.
Another member of the investigative team, Australian Dominic Dwyer, said that the CCP did not provide requested raw data on the first cases detected with the CCP Virus, which would be indispensable for a proper analysis to understand how, when, and why the outbreak started.
Instead, they were only provided with a summary with insufficient and biased data, Dwyer told Reuters.
“Concerns have been raised about the lack of transparency of the events that took place when the outbreak began in Wuhan, China,” Blackburn wrote to Biden. “In addition, concerns have been expressed regarding how World Health Organization investigators were chosen to study the outbreak and some of the conflicts of interest that exist in those investigators.”
So far the Biden administration has not addressed the concerns about a conflict of interest. This is why Blackburn urges Biden that the ““WHO should be required to have independent investigators to conduct this study. Who should not include researchers with conflicts of interest or with a lack of experience in forensic investigation,” Blackburn said in the letter.