2023-01-26 00:26:13

N.I.H. Did Not Properly Track a Group Studying Coronaviruses, Report Finds

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The New York Times
By Benjamin Mueller

An internal federal watchdog said that the health agency had not given adequate oversight to EcoHealth Alliance, which had been awarded $8 million in grants.

The National Institutes of Health made significant errors in its oversight of grants to a nonprofit group that has come under fire from congressional Republicans for its research collaborations in China, an internal federal watchdog agency said on Wednesday.

The findings, outlined in a 64-page report describing missed deadlines, confusing protocols and misspent funds, reinforced concerns about the federal governments system for monitoring research with potentially risky pathogens.

The report comes as Washington is turning its attention to pathogen research that many virologists see as critical for defending against health threats but that critics worry poses its own dangers.

A government advisory group is meeting on Friday to discuss reworking those oversight rules. The Biden administration has made reducing the risk of laboratory accidents a major plank of its pandemic preparedness strategy. And congressional Republicans are planning hearings on virus research.

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