Former FDA Commissioner Says WHO Should Investigate What China ‘Did or Didn’t Tell the World’

Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb believes that if Chinese officials were more open about their coronavirus data, the spread of it could have slowed. 

“China was not truthful with the world at the outset of this,” Gottlieb said during an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday.

He continued, “Had they been more truthful with the world, which would have enabled them to be more truthful with themselves, they might have actually been able to contain this entirely — and there is some growing evidence to suggest that.”

Gottlieb proceeded to cite a January tweet from the World Health Organization (WHO) — that said “preliminary investigations” from Chinese officials found that human-to-human transmission of the virus was not possible — as an example of the organization receiving and publishing information that turned out to be false.

“I think going forward, the WHO needs to commit to an after-action report that specifically examines what China did or didn’t tell the world and how that stymied the global response to this,” he added.

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Gottlieb’s comments come as a growing number of lawmakers have called for an investigation of the WHO’s handling of the outbreak and their willingness to trust the data coming from China.

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) called for the head of the WHO to testify before the Senate about his organization’s handling of the outbreak.

Additionally, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) accused the organization of helping China “cover-up” information about the virus, as IJR has previously reported

Several officials have said that China’s government withheld critical information about the virus, in the early days of the outbreak, which could have helped world leaders develop a better response before they experienced outbreaks in their countries.

As of Sunday afternoon, there were 532,339 confirmed cases in the United States.

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  1. Sounds like someone wants to close the barn doors after the horses have escaped.

  2. Call the Fox, tell the Fox we need him to investigate the Hens in the Hen house.
    Ridiculous. And we would believe what they say? Ever hear the expression “fool me once…”

  3. And while the WHO is investigating China, someone needs to be investigating the WHO. They share the same amount of fault for this as the Chinese government does.

  4. IN China, WHO is investigating, Mi is asking and Yu is answering.

  5. Good luck with that. The WHO won’t even acknowledge that the virus originated in China. The WHO is in China’s pocket. They claim we shouldn’t label the virus Wuhan or China, but don’t have a problem with Lyme disease, West Nile, Rocky Mtn Spotted Fever, Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, guinea worm, Ross River Fever, Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever, Valley Fever, Marburg Virus Disease, Norovirus, Zika Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, German Measles, Spanish Flu, Lassa Fever, Legionnaire’s Disease, etc. I guess China is special. Why?

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