This call to action comes in response to a surge in pneumonia cases that is currently overwhelming China's healthcare system.
Senator Rubio, speaking on behalf of his colleagues, stated, "President Joe Biden must take the necessary steps to protect the health of Americans." This statement follows revelations by DailyMail.com of a similar rise in cases within the United States. Rubio further emphasized, "That means we should immediately restrict travel between the United States and the [People’s Republic of China] until we know more about the dangers posed by this new illness."
He added, "A ban on travel now could save our country from death, lockdowns, mandates, and further outbreaks later."
The senators' plea was formalized in a letter delivered to the White House, expressing their concerns about the current health crisis. However, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that the outbreak in China is primarily driven by mycoplasma, a bacterial infection that resurfaces every few years, along with seasonal illnesses like RSV and flu.
The letter also questioned China's transparency regarding the severity of the outbreak, stating that the country had an "incentive to lie" to safeguard its economy. "As you know, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has a long history of lying about public health crises," the senators wrote. They cited the CCP's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, accusing the party of obscuring the truth and withholding crucial information about the disease and its origins.
The senators reminded President Biden of a similar decision made by former President Trump on January 31, 2020, to restrict travel from China to the United States. "Many officials and commentators—including you—criticized his decision as being influenced by 'xenophobia.' But history and common sense show his decision was the right one," the letter read.
Recent images from China, showing throngs of patients in masks and workers in hazmat suits disinfecting schools and streets, have drawn eerie parallels to the early days of the COVID pandemic.