House Republican demands information on proposed treaty to expand WHO power in future pandemics

EXCLUSIVE — A House Republican lawmaker is demanding answers from the Biden administration regarding concerns about a proposed treaty being considered by the World Health Organization that would expand the agency’s abilities to respond to future pandemics.

In a letter sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday, Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) is leading a group of House Republicans to press for information related to the proposed pandemic treaty, which is expected to be voted on during the World Health Assembly at the end of this month. The Texas Republican expressed concerns with the agreement, arguing it would unnecessarily expand the powers of the health organization while doing little to prevent another pandemic.

“The treaty colorfully expresses some of WHO’s lofty aspirations (arrived at without fulfilling even a
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