Bipartisan lawmakers on Friday unveiled a bill that seeks to freeze taxpayer-funding for for-profit-work research for a period of five years.
The law, called the Pausing Enhanced Pandemic Pathogen Research Act, was introduced by Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), and Henry Kueller (D-Texas).
According to a press release from lawmakers, the bill is in response to a recent report by The Intercept, which indicated that the United States funded gain-of-function research at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) What many believe may have caused the ongoing CCP (Communist Party of China) virus pandemic.
Infectious disease expert and NIAID director Dr Anthony Fauci has come under intense scrutiny after news outlets released documents detailing the use of federal funds by the US-based health organization, the EcoHealth Alliance, to fund bat coronavirus research. has been elaborated on. wiv.
Critics say the documents show that Fauci misled Congress when he repeatedly insisted the National Institutes of Health (NIH) not fund controversial for-profit research into WIV.
“We knew the dangers of benefit research, but the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Fauci continued to fund it in the US and abroad,” Carter said in a statement. “This is something we should never allow without proper oversight and safety protocols.”
“Evidence continues that COVID-19 originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology with US taxpayer-funded research. We must redouble our efforts to stop irresponsible research and protect our communities from future pandemics. Our bill would prevent taxpayer funds from being used for gain-of-function research until we ensure that appropriate safety standards are in place,” Carter said.
Gallagher said in similar remarks that “overwhelming evidence suggests that this very research could lead to a deadly pandemic that devastated the world.”
“While we continue to investigate the origins of COVID-19, the US should at least halt all funding for this dangerous research until we understand the role it played in this pandemic. I am proud to support Rep. Carter’s legislation that does just that,” the Republican lawmaker said in a statement.
Lawmaker Kueller highlighted the impact of the pandemic on the economy and on educational and public health welfare.
“For-profit-for-work research is directly linked to the spark of the coronavirus pandemic. The Pausing Enhanced Pandemic Pathogen Research Act is the best way to ensure that we protect American taxpayer funds from falling into the wrong hands,” he said.
Last week, Gallagher called for Fauci to resign, saying recently released documents show he lied about US support for for-profit research.
“These documents are smoking guns that indicate that he not only failed to come, but he lied to the American people about his organization’s support for this risky research,” he said in a statement.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday signaled continued support for Fauci by the Biden administration.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times