House Judiciary Committee member Jim Jordan and Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher launched a congressional investigation on Wednesday into the lack of federal oversight of experiments that would get a function set to make it possible to better detect dangerous pathogens.
Jordan and Gallagher’s letter, which many cited earlier reporting to the Daily Caller News Foundation about it, was addressed to Health and Human Services (HHS) Senior Science Advisor David “Chris” Hassell, who acknowledged an activity in January 2020 with errors in the way his research department managed to make a profit.
Hassell is the only known HHS board member Potential Pandemic Pathogens Control and Surveillance (P3CO) review committee, formed in late 2017 after a three -year halt in government funding of research would take on a function to provide additional federal oversight of such experiments.
But Hassell’s review committee was also not notified of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant with the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance involving the transformation of bat-based coronaviruses and the transfer of $ 600,000 to Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) before the pandemic.
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An NIH spokesman previously told DCNF that the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), headed by Drs. Anthony Fauci, declined to flaunt the EcoHealth grant for the P3CO review because the sub-agency that defines itself in this project does not involve research that has acquired equipment.
Rutgers University biological chemistry professor Richard H. Ebright told DCNF that giving EcoHealth “without a doubt” is related to the research obtained, and said the NIH’s ability to avoid review of P3CO in such research is a “systematic problem.”
Hassell said while a Talk to January 2020 before the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity that the current intended research to benefit “was too narrow… resulting in only taking a few flu-related recommendations” for review by its committee .
“Perhaps I could be more straightforward than I should be – I think that’s pretty narrow,” said Hassell, who suggested the government could fund the research that has been obtained that has not yet been reviewed by his committee.
“I think it could be visited, and again there could be some issues of definition,” Hassell added.
Jordan and Gallagher’s letter asked Hassell to discuss the “issues of meaning” he brought up during his January 2020 speech.
The letter also asked Hassell to confirm whether he believes what EcoHealth is providing should be reviewed by his superior committee.
Republican lawmakers also asked Hassell to describe his communications with Fauci, including any communications related to NIAID’s provision to EcoHealth involving WIV subgrants.
The letter on Wednesday comes after Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and five other Republican senators a writing to NIH Director Francis Collins on May 20 who asked why his agency did not submit the EcoHealth grant for the P3CO review.