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Politics Scalise Blasts Democrats For Lack Of COVID Origin Hearing: 'Worse Than Chernobyl'

11:31  23 june  2021
11:31  23 june  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Scalise ’s comments were first reported by JustTheNews.com. Fox News has reached out to Pelosi’s press office for comment on the matter. A spokesperson referred to the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into the origins of COVID -19. "The U.S. Intelligence Community does not know exactly where, when, or how the COVID -19 virus was transmitted initially but has coalesced around two likely scenarios: either it emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals or it was a laboratory accident," Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Strategic Communications Amanda Schoch

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U.S. House GOP Whip Steve Scalise, the ranking member on a panel charged with investigating the coronavirus pandemic, is pushing back on Democratic leaders who haven't scheduled a public hearing devoted to the origins of COVID-19.

Steve Scalise wearing a suit and tie: House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis ranking member Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 19, 2021. © Susan Walsh / POOL / AFP/Getty Images House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis ranking member Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 19, 2021.

"This is exponentially worse than Chernobyl," Scalise is expected to say during a hearing at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, according to prepared opening remarks that were shared with Newsweek ahead of the meeting. "We should be coming together on a bipartisan basis to search for those answers and shine the light of transparency on the origin of this virus to the world on a bipartisan basis."

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And why isn’t Covid killing lots and lots of people this winter, as it did in spring? Even if you ascribe all excess deaths to Covid and none to lockdown, there really does not seem to be anything out of the normal variation in total deaths from year to year. And surely, by now, the toll of unnecessary deaths caused Remember: it is called Covid -19, as in 2019. Of course, the official version of history states that the virus never reached Western civilisation until the spring of 2020, but evidence for this assertion is based on dodgy polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and a profound rejection of common sense.

Beijing has responded to US President Joe Biden’s announcement of a probe into Covid -19 origins by denouncing the “lab-leak” hypothesis as a conspiracy theory and urging an investigation into secret US bio-labs around the world. China has been calling for international cooperation to trace the origins of Covid -19 “on the basis of respecting facts and science, with a view to better coping with unexpected epidemics in the future,” the statement said. Politicizing the probe will make it “hard to find the origin of the virus” but also “seriously hamper international cooperation on the pandemic.”

The novel coronavirus was originally thought to have been transmitted to humans from animals, but there have been increasing suggestions that the pandemic started with an outbreak at a government lab in Wuhan, China.

Republicans in Congress have increasingly pushed for a deeper investigation into COVID-19's origins—whether it was an accident, malpractice or an intentional leak.

"If this virus leaked from the Wuhan lab—and a growing mountain of evidence indicates that this is a real possibility—everyone in this country and around the world who has been touched by this evil virus deserves to know what happened and how it happened," Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, will say, according to the prepared remarks.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., called for the declassification of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into the origins of COVID -19 during an appearance on "Sunday Night America." "Think about who had to pay for this," McCarthy told host Trey Gowdy. "One of the first things President Biden did was send more than two and million with no strings attached. We cannot get to the origin of this by listening to China or the World Health Organization," he said. "We should declassify the information and find first and foremost where it came from and let the entire world know."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called for the declassification of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into the origins of COVID -19 during an appearance on “Sunday Night America.” "One of the first things President Biden did was send more than two and million with no strings attached. We cannot get to the origin of this by listening to China or the World Health Organization," he said. "We should declassify the information and find first and foremost where it came from and let the entire world know."

Since the pandemic hit the United States in March 2020, COVID-19 has killed 600,000 people, shuttered schools and businesses for months, and discouraged widespread travel.

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More than 200 Republicans, including Scalise, have signed a letter urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to assign top committees to investigate COVID-19's origins.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has tasked the intelligence community with investigating the coronavirus. Pelosi's office has pointed to that probe and work from the Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee on the effort.

"The IC continues to investigate and study the two most likely scenarios for the virus's origin—animal to human transmission or lab accident—but has not reached a community consensus," Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, said in a statement. "This aligns with the Committee's understanding of the IC's latest finished analysis on this particular question."

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Covid has vindicated the validity of the national state. Only nation states have had the authority to impose lockdowns and then provide – or, in some countries, try to provide – emergency financial aid to compensate businesses and families for the impact of the lockdown. It is attempting to sidestep the most important lesson of the pandemic: that the future is much more dependent on the public’s willingness to embrace disruptive change than on any concrete transformation programme. We are part of the solution, not the object of elite largesse.

image captionSome countries are battling third waves of Covid -19 as vaccines run out. At a WHO briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, Dr Aylward acknowledged the extent of those shortages in stark terms. "If we look at what we're hearing from countries on a day-to-day basis, well over half of countries have run out of stock and are calling for additional vaccine. But in reality it's probably much higher," Dr Aylward said. He said some countries had tried to make alternative arrangements to end shortages, with harsh consequences, such as paying above market value for vaccines.

Tuesday's Select Subcommittee hearing can be viewed online here.

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A group of House Republicans is calling for the United States to be a leader in the international community in holding China accountable for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. © Provided by Washington Examiner The GOP Doctors Caucus, along with Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik and Minority Whip Steve Scalise, rallied behind the priorities laid out in Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's eight-step action plan unveiled on Monday. Among the initiatives McCarthy raised was stopping funding for gain-of-function research in China and pursuing more COVID-19 investigations led by the U.S. government.

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