Senator Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Argued on “Sunday Morning Futures” that the United States and other countries must “shame” China over the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed nearly four million people around the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and turned the world economy upside down.
Marshall made the comment in an exclusive interview as the Biden administration called for a transparent international investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the White House calling on China and the World Health Organization to provide the necessary data and information to US officials. to draw conclusions.
The Kansas senator said on Sunday that he did not think the Biden administration was doing enough to push the Chinese regime to be more outspoken and direct with investigators.
“They [the Biden administration] have an investigation going on, but I don’t expect them to find anything we don’t already know, ”Marshall told Jason Chaffetz of Fox News, former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
In May, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Fox News about the Chinese government’s “lack of transparency” investigating the origins of the pandemic.
Marshall suggested that China should be publicly humiliated.
“What we need to do is start holding China to account,” he said. “Sure, we can sanction them, we can seize their property, but what they need is public shame. ”
He added that manufacturing must be brought back to the United States.
Marshall stressed that the United States must “do all of these things to publicly fight” China.
A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
The White House criticized the WHO and China for its “phase one” report for its lack of transparency. This report rejected claims that COVID-19 had escaped from the Wuhan laboratory and called the theory of zoonotic transmission, or the transfer of infection from animals to humans, as “likely to very likely.” He also said that the idea that the virus may have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology “extremely unlikely.”
WHITE HOUSE INSISTS ON ORIGINS OF COVID-19 NEED ‘TRANSPARENT’ INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION
A State Department official told Fox News that Secretary of State Antony Blinken is committed to getting more details on the origins of COVID-19, both based on responsibility and to ensure that United States and the American people are protected from threats to public health in the future.
The official added that the United States and the world need transparency from China, which Beijing has not yet allowed, and said the State Department is working closely with its administrative partners. and international to obtain the necessary answers.
Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is one of China’s top virus research laboratories, has built an archive of genetic information on bat coronaviruses after the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and has been criticized for being transparent throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
China has promoted unproven theories that the virus may have originated elsewhere, or has even been brought into the country from overseas with imports of frozen seafood contaminated with the virus, a notion rejected by scientists and international agencies.
“It smacks of cover-up,” Marshall said. “We need several nations to look at this and hold China accountable, and then start the shame somehow. “
“They should be ashamed that they invented this bioterrorism weapon, they should be ashamed that they leaked it from the lab, they should be ashamed that they covered it up, they should be ashamed. [that] they can’t even make a vaccine right now, ”Marshall continued. “So this public shame has to come to fruition. ”
Marshall was referring to the rare admission in April of the normally low-key government, when Chinese health officials noted that Chinese coronavirus vaccines “do not have very high rates of protection.”
Late last month, Senator Marshall and Representative Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., Wrote to the Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services requesting information regarding a cluster of illnesses associated with the World Military Games , which took place in Wuhan, China in October 2019, months before China first reported its coronavirus cases.
A Washington Post columnist reported in an editorial that more than 9,000 athletes, including 280 U.S. athletes and personnel, attended the Wuhan Military World Games. Many of them reported experiencing COVID-like symptoms.
Marshall alleged that “Wuhan was starting to cover up” COVID-19 in October 2019 when thousands of soldiers gathered in Wuhan, China for a military Olympics.
“Several weeks later, a lot of them developed symptoms,” he said.
“So really since at least October the Chinese people have been covering this,” he added. “And what I want to know as a senator is why hasn’t the CDC [The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] check this? Why does the HHS not have [the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] check this? Why wasn’t intelligence working on this? Were they part of the cover-up? Do they also have some guilt in the situation? ”
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Spokesmen for the CDC and HHS did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Josh Nelson, Peter Aitken, Rich Edson, Lucas Tomlinson, Tyler Olson and Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.