April 20, 2024 3:47 am
Chair of COVID subcommittee requests testimony from leading science journal editors on their connection with the federal government

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, chaired by Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), has launched an inquiry into the relationship between scientific journals and the federal government. The subcommittee sent letters to the editors-in-chief of three major science journals – The Lancet, Science, and Nature – requesting their testimony at a hearing scheduled for April 16.

Wenstrup expressed concern that these journals might grant the government inappropriate access to the scientific review or publishing process. He cited Freedom of Information Act requests that revealed contact between these journals and top White House health officials such as Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins. However, he did not provide specific reports or studies in his letters to the editors-in-chief.

A search for research articles related to COVID-19 on the websites of these science journals yielded nearly 19,000 results. The Hill reached out to these journals for comment on this matter.

The investigation by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic aims to shed light on interactions between scientific journals, the government, and peer review during the pandemic. Earlier this year, Fauci participated in two days of closed-door interviews with the subcommittee. This ongoing investigation will continue to scrutinize these relationships as they unfold.

The subcommittee’s work is crucial in ensuring transparency and accountability in scientific research and its application during a global crisis like COVID-19.

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