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HHS, USDA, and USTR Respond to Bipartisan Congressional Letter Calling for Sound Science on COVID-19 Transmission and Safety of the American Food Supply

On March 19, 2021, a bipartisan letter signed by 15 congressional leaders was sent to Biden Administration officials expressing concern that the World Health Organization (WHO) may modify its assumptions regarding viral transmission of COVID-19 via food and food packaging at the urging of the Chinese government. On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, the Biden Administration responded to that letter expressing those same concerns as the congressional leaders. In addition, the Biden Administration highlighted that in response to the WHO Origins study, on March 30, 2021 , the United States, joined by 13 Member States of the WHO, issued a joint statement emphasizing the importance of "a transparent and independent analysis and evaluation, free from interference and undue influence, of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic," and expressed concerns about that study, stating that "the international expert study on the source of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was significantly delayed and lacked access to complete, original data and samples." The European Union similarly issued a statement that was in alignment with the concerns of the United States.

 

Read the response letter HERE.

May 13, 2021

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