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House Republicans want WHO leader Ghebreyesus to testify over questionable report to Congress

The GOP point specifically to the WHO's timeline about when it knew the virus started in China

Published: July 9, 2020 7:40am

Updated: July 9, 2020 8:48am

House Republicans are calling on World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to testify under oath following revelations that the WHO apparently provided false information to Congress about China's actions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The effort is being led by GOP members of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis and Kentucky Rep. James Comer, the top Republican on the chamber's full Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

The Republican members point particularly to a letter from the WHO in June in which the group told the Committee that Chinese officials reported on December 31, 2019, a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan.

However, the group contradicted this claim last week when it quietly updated its official timeline revealing WHO learned about the virus from a U.S. website, rather than the Chinese government.

"This revelation demands your complete and forthright response to the Committee's previous request and sworn testimony before the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis (the Select Subcommittee),” the lawmakers wrote to Tedros. “Until you appear under oath, America and the world will not know the origins of this crisis." 


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