House Republicans demand briefing on White House ‘gain-of-function’ policies

House Republicans demand briefing on White House ‘gain-of-function’ policies

Two House Republicans on Thursday demanded a briefing on US policies regarding controversial research suspected of having been conducted at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology with taxpayer money, The Post has learned.

In a letter to the head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the GOP representatives noted that nearly $600,000 in federal grant money was sent to the WIV by the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told House lawmakers last month that the money was funneled to the Chinese lab through EcoHealth to fund “a modest collaboration with very respectable Chinese scientists who were world experts on coronavirus.”

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Although that funding wasn’t approved for “gain-of-function” research — which can make viruses more infectious and virulent — National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins last week told lawmakers that officials don’t know what the lab did “outside of what our approved grant allowed.”

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