House Republicans accuse HHS of lying about lethal mpox project

House Republicans accuse HHS of lying about lethal mpox project


House Republicans accused the National Institutes of Health Tuesday of substantially misleading Congress and the public about research on potentially lethal mpox, or mokeypox, viruses. 

An interim staff report from the GOP-run House Energy and Commerce Committee concludes that NIH, Department of Health and Human Services, and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases officials on several occasions misrepresented to the Congress information about experiments that would have enhanced the deadliness of mpox viruses. 

“In order to start rebuilding trust in our government health agency guidance, agencies like the NIH must be honest and transparent with Congress and the American people,” said committee leadership in a press statement. “This report demonstrates a disturbing lack of judgment and accountability from HHS, the NIH, and particularly, NIAID.

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