Congressman Keller demands answers from NIH Director on agency’s use of taxpayer dollars for foreign animal research

July 26, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) and 13 of his Republican colleagues sent a letter to Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), inquiring about the national security and human health risks of taxpayer-funded animal research conducted in foreign countries.


“It is now well known that the NIH funded dangerous coronavirus ‘gain-of-function’ experiments on animals at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology that some top experts believe caused the COVID-19 pandemic,” the letter reads. “We are concerned that taxpayers are funding such projects in the first place, but are especially troubled that NIH-funded animal research in foreign countries is not subject to the same oversight that Congress has established for domestic animal research.”


On the letter, Congressman Keller also made the following statement:


“The National Institutes of Health has a responsibility to ensure that all NIH-funded animal research is accountable and transparent to the American people. We know that the NIH funded dangerous, ‘gain-of-function’ experiments on animals which has now been accepted as a plausible origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. This research is risky, wasteful, and has little oversight. Every taxpayer deserves to know how their dollars are being used, especially if those dollars are being funneled to facilities overseas to fund projects that put our nation’s national security and health at risk.”


Read the full letter HERE.


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