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GOP Senators: Why Is U.S. Still Funding China’s COVID Research?

U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-FL) (2nd-R) speaks alongside U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (L) (R-LA), U.S. Rep. James Comer (R-KY) and U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) during a Republican-led forum on the origins of the COVID-19 virus at the U.S. Capitol on June 29, 2021 in Washington, DC.

At a glance

  • Nine Republican senators want to know why the U.S. Agency for International Development continues to give federal grants to EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit involved in COVID-19 research in China.
  • In a letter USAID Administrator Samantha Power, the senators noted that Congress had passed legislation barring funding of “dangerous coronavirus research in China.”
  • NIH already has stopped funding EcoHealth’s research because the group was not in compliance with requirements.


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