GOP seeks records on possible U.S. funding of research at Chinese lab before pandemic

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GOP seeks records on possible U.S. funding of research at Chinese lab before pandemic
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GOP seeks records on possible U.S. funding of research at Chinese lab before pandemic
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A group of congressional Republicans is stepping up a push for records about a possible link between a U.S. medical research agency and a lab in Wuhan, China – a link that is still very much in dispute amid the ongoing investigation into the origins of COVID- 19.

In an exclusive interview, senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge spoke with Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who, along with other Republicans, has been requesting those records from the National Institutes of Health, including in a recent letter shared with CBS News.

“We want to know what was funded through taxpayer dollars,” said McMorris Rodgers, the top Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

The NIH recently confirmed that funds went to the Wuhan lab through the EcoHealth Alliance, an American research group but emphasized that its application “did not propose research to enhance any coronavirus to be more transmissible.”

In the recent letter, McMorris Rodgers and other House Republicans said the NIH has “not provided a single document” about “whether NIH funding played a role in risky research in China.”

Asked why those records still matter 16 months into the pandemic, McMorris Rodgers replied, “Think about every loved one that we’ve lost, every health care worker that’s been on the front lines of combating the coronavirus or every student now that is struggling with mental health because of isolation. We deserve these answers.”

In a statement to CBS News, the NIH says it “has provided information requested by [Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers] both in a letter and a subsequent briefing … [and] is currently working to provide additional information.”

When asked by Herridge whether providing the specific records she’s requesting would strip away the politics, McMorris Rodgers said, “Absolutely. We need to know the origins of COVID-19.”

The committee’s Democratic chairman, Frank Pallone, of New Jersey, told CBS News he’s waiting for results from an intelligence review ordered by President Biden.

You can read the rest of the article at CBSnews.com

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