According to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is responsible for the obscure and abuse of power that made the COVID-19 pandemic more severe.
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“At the very least, I believe the corona virus may have leaked from that lab. They already know this but cover it up. They didn’t say anything for a long time. They have not allowed access to this lab, ”DeSantis said in The Epoch Times on April 1.
“They made that decision on purpose, and I think it came at a cost. Therefore, they are fully responsible for that incident ”.
CCP officials had been aware of a virus outbreak in Wuhan for at least six weeks before warning the world of the spread. Meanwhile, the CCP arrested whistleblowers and censored online discussions related to the outbreak. The CCP has isolated Wuhan from the rest of China while continuing to allow international flights in and out of the city.
In an interview with The Epoch Times on April 1, DeSantis accused the CCP of promoting harsh blockade measures against other countries as an essential remedy, inducing countries to like Italy destroying their economy. DeSantis also accused some of the top US health officials, including Mr. Anthony Fauci, for blindly applying the CCP’s blockade policy.
“I think people like Fauci have adopted the blockade policy based on the CCP model. You cannot trust what comes from the CCP, ”said DeSantis. “I think it’s a big mistake to assume that what they’re doing is going to work.”
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Anthony Fauci, is a strong advocate of mass blockade, masking and social segregation as a way to prevent pandemics. He largely ignored the opinions of thousands of health and public health scientists who evaluated the available data and concluded that blockades and other restrictions were ineffective.
Under Fauci’s leadership, NIAID has spent tax dollars on corona virus research in China, including controversial research on how corona viruses develop the ability to be transmitted from animals to animals. people. The Trump administration cut funding for projects after news reports showed several researchers involved with the Wuhan virology laboratory located near the corona virus cases. first discovered.
NIAID did not respond to a request for comment on this incident.
“It is interesting to see people like Fauci and their relationship with the CCP because… in those early days, they did not intend to hold China accountable,” DeSantis said.
Nearly 14,000 health and public health scientists protesting the blockade signed the Great Barrington Declaration, which urges elected leaders to focus on taking remedies for vulnerable groups. be infected while letting the rest of society continue life as usual. DeSantis took that approach, and the Florida state virus data showed his decision was correct.
The Governor believes that the CCP’s push for the blockade stems from a conspiracy to make other countries damage their economies with unintelligent restrictions. He specifically pointed to the Italian government, which shut down the country in its efforts to stop the spread of the epidemic.
“The West has inflicted a lot of damage on itself by adopting a number of [blockade] policies that have proven not only to be ineffective in preventing the spread, but also to greatly undermine the spread,” DeSantis said. economically large ”.
“They really think that if they can get other countries to blockade and carry out propaganda, especially in Europe, this could help China. And I think that has helped China. “
In September 2020, President Donald Trump urged the United Nations (UN) to hold China accountable for its actions.
“The Chinese government and the World Health Organization – largely controlled by China – lied that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” Trump said in a statement. on September 22, 2020. “Then they lied and said that those who don’t have symptoms won’t spread the disease.”
This is not the first time Mr. DeSantis has expressed his objection to the CCP’s actions. In May 2020, he called on the CCP to stop stocking up personal protective equipment in an attempt to “deceive the rest of the world.”
On March 1, 2021, with the support of Republican lawmakers, he proposed a law that would penalize Florida universities for not reporting contributions from water sources. in addition, China in particular. The aim of this measure is to make it harder for Chinese agents to break into universities and steal trade secrets and intellectual property.
According to the Ministry of Education, universities in the US have received $ 1.5 billion in gifts and contracts from China. A large portion of the money was not reported until the Department of Education (under the Trump administration) opened an investigation into the matter.
“China has committed intellectual property theft from our businesses, our government and our academic institutions – all to advance their global goals,” DeSantis said. .
“The CCP’s growing influence on domestic and international affairs is one of the most common threats to America’s security and prosperity.”