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Press Release Published: Feb 27, 2023

Wenstrup & Comer Widen COVID Origins Investigation

WASHINGTON—Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) and House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) are calling on the Department of Energy, the Department of State, and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to provide information necessary to the Select Subcommittee and Oversight Committee’s investigation into COVID origins. This follows the Republican lawmakers’ previous requests to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, EcoHealth Alliance, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Dr. Francis Collins.

“The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic is investigating the origins of COVID-19. Since April 2, 2020, Committee on Oversight and Accountability Republicans have been investigating the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s role in obscuring the truth regarding the initial outbreak, and whether any U.S. taxpayer dollars funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s (WIV) dangerous gain-of-function research. The Select Subcommittee is now the only Committee in Congress with explicit jurisdiction to conduct this wide-ranging and important investigation,” wrote Wenstrup and Comer.

“This investigation will be a priority for the Select Subcommittee but also the global community. As stated by 18 experts in Science magazine, ‘[k]nowing how COVID-19 emerged is critical for informing global strategies to mitigate the risk of future outbreaks.’ Further, according to the Lancet COVID-19 Commission, ‘[i]dentifying [COVID-19’s] origins would provide greater clarity into not only the causes of the current pandemic but also vulnerabilities to future outbreaks and strategies to prevent them.’ The origins of the disease that has taken the lives of more than six million people is still unknown. Uncovering the truth about the origins of COVID-19 is vital to U.S. national security, critical to the prevention of future pandemics, and will bring some semblance of closure to the families of those who lost loved ones during the pandemic,” continued Wenstrup and Comer. “Your documents and testimony are essential to informing the Committee about what the U.S. government knew regarding the origins of COVID-19 and when the government knew it.”

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