The KN95 masks distributed to members of the House of Representatives to wear on the chamber floor are branded ‘Made in China,’ a recent photo shows, the same country where the coronavirus originated.
The picture, which was first obtained by Fox News, shows one of the distributed masks that are now required to be worn in order to enter the House floor.
The mandate is a result of the House physician, who recently directed lawmakers to explicitly wear an N95 or KN95 mask and not a cloth one.
Representative Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, pointed out the cruel irony, telling Fox it was fitting ‘for the Democrats to be handing out masks that were made in the same place the virus originated.’
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Members of the House of Representatives now have to wear KN95 masks on the chamber floor were brandished with ‘Made in China’ on the side them, according to a recent photo first obtained by Fox News
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) speaks on the House floor back in October, before KN95 masks were made a requirement to access it
While China has tried to insist the virus originated elsewhere, academics, politicians and the media have begun to contemplate the possibility it escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) – raising suspicions that Chinese officials simply hid evidence of the early spread.
An explosive study in May 2020 claimed that Chinese scientists created COVID-19 in a Wuhan lab, then tried to cover their tracks by reverse-engineering versions of the virus to make it look like it evolved naturally from bats.
The paper’s authors, British professor Angus Dalgleish and Norwegian scientist Dr. Birger Sørensen, wrote that they have had ‘prima facie evidence of retro-engineering in China’ for a year – but were ignored by academics and major journals.
Ohio Representative Brad Wenstrup, the House GOP Doctors Caucus chairman, told Fox News Channel on Thursday that the United States’ ‘insecure supply chain presents a much greater risk to our overall national health.’
An explosive study on the origins of COVID-19 pandemic claims researchers found ‘unique fingerprints’ pointing to theories that it escaped from the Wuhan Institute, pictured, in China
While China has tried to insist the virus originated elsewhere, academics, politicians and the media have begun to contemplate the possibility it escaped from the WIV – raising suspicions that Chinese officials simply hid evidence of the early spread
‘The fact that the masks we are mandated to wear in the U.S. Congress are made in China is just one example of our inabilities to protect and treat Americans without relying on adversaries’ Wenstrup said.
‘These Chinese masks further highlight our need to divest away from the (Chinese Communist Party). Our national security and our health depend on it.’
‘As usual, Speaker Pelosi fails to recognize the senseless optics of her own decision-making,’ Representative Greg Murphy, R- North Carolina, said Thursday.
‘We are fighting a virus that came from China, yet the Speaker is comfortable with publicly supporting a Chinese manufacturer, sending our taxpayer dollars overseas and further advertising our dependency on China … on the faces of Congress.’
‘Either Pelosi’s office neglected to realize the cruel irony of supporting “Made in China” or they don’t care.’
Pictured: One of the distributed masks, the same masks that are now required to be worn to enter the House floor, left, and President Biden placing a KN95 over his face, right
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin arrives for a meeting with President Joe Biden on the administration’s response to the surge in COVID-19 cases across the country Thursday
As the Omicron surge appears to near its peak in many Eastern states, the variant has begun to head West, striking elsewhere in the country.
Oregon, Utah and Alaska now lead the nation in growth of Covid cases over the past two weeks, ending a long period when states along the East Coast – such as New York, New Jersey, South Carolina and Vermont – were hot spots of the surge.
Cases are also increasing in all 50 states, and have more than doubled over the past two weeks in 43 states. The nationwide daily case average reached a record 786,416 on Thursday and 1,822 deaths – the highest total since October.
Oregon leads the way, recording a 486 percent increase in cases over the past two weeks, up to 181 of every 100,000 residents now testing positive for the virus daily
In Utah, cases are up 468 percent over the last 14 days, with 279 of every 100,000 residents of the Beehive State recording infections daily.
At the moment, Alaska is following the trend of states on the West Coast, with cases up 443 percent over the past two weeks – with 197 of every 100,000 residents being infected daily.