Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Roger Marshall asked questions during a U.S. Senate hearing on the federal government’s involvement with gain-of-function (GoF) research projects in China, according to a statement from Marshall's office.
Senator Marshall’s opening statement and questions centered on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, efforts to push GoF research out of the United States and into China through EcoHealth Alliance.
Marshall said in part,
“In 2021, Dr. Fauci said, almost prophetically, he worried about ‘unregulated’ laboratories, perhaps outside of the United States, doing work ‘sloppily’ and leading to an inadvertent pandemic… Clearly the U.S. government and Dr. Fauci knew that viral GoF was concerning… But while Fauci encouraged U.S. scientists to pause their GoF studies, Fauci offshored the paused research to China. In 2012, Fauci gave a new grant to Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance for influenza research in China. In 2014, Fauci gave another new grant to Daszak for SARS research in China. Daszak partnered with who? The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV)… This is a bipartisan, national security issue and together we must immediately pause all viral gain-of-function research…”