Rep. Lance Gooden introduced the Stop COVID Act, designed to give the Department of Justice the ability to hold the Chinese Communist Party responsible for the novel coronavirus if it is proved they manufactured the deadly disease.

The bill – short for “Stop China-Originated Viral Infectious Disease Act” – will “give our legal system the power to investigate the origin of the virus and, if found guilty, hold accountable those responsible for creating and releasing it,” according to Rep. Gooden.

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It would reverse China’s current “immunity from US litigation, even if it becomes known that China manufactured this deadly virus,” a result of the Foreign Service Immunities Act (FSIA) restriction against the federal government suing another nations.

The proposal would amend the 1976 restriction, adding that other countries “shall not be immune from the jurisdiction of the courts of the United States in any case where such foreign state is found, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to have discharged a biological weapon … in the United States or such discharge results in the bodily injury of [a] United States citizen.”

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