Our Nation, and the world at large, is struggling through a major public health and economic crisis. We will get through this and we’ll come out more united than ever. And as we look forward, it is critical that we work to stop the next major pandemic before it starts.
To stop the next pandemic from ravaging our society, killing thousands and damaging the world economy we need to recognize the bad actors from the Coronavirus and punish the behavior that allowed the virus to blossom. That bad actor is the authoritarian, oppressive Chinese government.
While the Chinese scientific and medical community identified the destructive nature of the Coronavirus early, the Chinese government refused assist and in fact engaged in a massive cover up that resulted in our current crisis. Instead of listening to their doctors and scientists, they arrested and silenced them. Instead of sharing data and helping the world prepare, China hid the facts and lied to the world. Even now, after many of their lies were outed, the Chinese government is still using it’s propaganda machine to obfuscate the events in Wuhan, and even blame the United States.
If we had better information and data from China, the rest of the world would have been able to react accordingly, attempt a more coherent containment strategy and begin preparing our medical systems for a potential infection.
The Chinese government lied and it has cost the world tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars in economic output.
I support the Li Wenliang Global Public Health Accountability Act to address the actions of governments like China’s. This legislation authored by Senator Tom Cotton, Rep. Liz Cheney and others, gives the President of the United States the authority to punish foreign officials for suppressing information about international health crises. We need to start holding the bad actors accountable for their decisions to put the world at risk.