House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra requesting the names of all individuals serving on the review committee overseeing the Potential Pandemic Pathogen Care and Oversight Framework (P3CO). The P3CO makes the final determination on if gain-of-function grants are approved with taxpayer funding.
“At a July 29, 2021 briefing, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Joseph Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would share the names of those people that serve on the review committee overseeing the Potential Pandemic Pathogen Care and Oversight Framework; this has yet to occur. Similarly, according to recent reporting, Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins said he is willing to disclose the names of the review committee because that is “the kind of transparency that the public expects,” wrote the lawmakers. “We—Republicans in Congress—also expect this level of transparency. Additionally, we expect government officials to keep their word.”
To increase transparency and accountability, the lawmakers are requesting HHS provide the names, titles, and agency affiliations of all those on the review committee.