Five Republican U.S. senators, including both of Florida’s senators, have urged President Joe Biden to impose a travel ban from China in response to a “mysterious” respiratory illness. The senators highlighted the surge in respiratory illnesses among children in northern China and Beijing, which is currently being closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, as reported by CNN.
Concerned about the potential threat of a new pathogen, Senator Scott emphasized the importance of taking every possible measure to prevent the illness from reaching American shores. In a joint effort, Senators Rubio and Scott were joined by Senators J.D. Vance, Tommy Tuberville, and Mike Braun in calling for travel restrictions.
Expressing his reservations about relying solely on the WHO’s actions, Senator Rubio underscored the need to protect the health of Americans and the economy. He stressed the urgency of immediate travel restrictions between the United States and the People’s Republic of China until further information is obtained regarding the dangers posed by this new illness. Rubio emphasized that implementing a travel ban now could potentially save the country from the devastating consequences of death, lockdowns, mandates, and further outbreaks in the future.
To provide further insight into the matter, the senators sent a letter to President Biden, outlining their concerns and urging swift action. The full letter can be accessed and reviewed for detailed information.
The senators’ call for a travel ban highlights the growing concerns surrounding the respiratory illness in China. With the surge in cases among children and the potential risks associated with a new pathogen, the senators are urging the Biden administration to prioritize the health and safety of Americans by implementing immediate travel restrictions. By taking proactive measures now, it is hoped that the United States can prevent the spread of the illness and avoid the devastating consequences that may arise in the future.