Senate Passes Legislation to Work Toward Taiwan’s Inclusion in World Health Organization
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) praised the Senate passage of S. 249, legislation he cosponsored that calls for the Secretary of State to develop a strategy for Taiwan to regain observer status in the World Health Organization (WHO). Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced this bipartisan bill as co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus.
“The World Health Organization ignored Taiwan’s timely warning that the virus emerging in mainland China was capable of human-to-human transmission while WHO leaders were parroting Chinese propaganda to the contrary,” Grassley said. “Meanwhile, Taiwan has had one of the lowest infection rates per capita. Clearly Taiwan has a lot to offer the world and should be at the table.”
Grassley has monitored the WHO response to the pandemic closely, writing to the WHO regarding their response to the outbreak and potential reliance on manipulated Chinese health data. He also criticized their treatment of Taiwan during the COVID-19 outbreak and gave a speech on the Senate floor to highlight that Taiwan acted appropriately by alerting the WHO of human-to-human transmission of the virus early on.