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 announced a hearing to examine the relationship between scientific journals, the government, and peer review. Wenstrup sent letters to the editors-in-chief of The Lancet, Science, and Nature science journals requesting their testimony at a hearing scheduled for April 16. The focus of the hearing will be on “Academic Malpractice: Examining the Relationship Between Scientific Journals, the Government, and Peer Review.”

In his letters to the editors-in-chief, Wenstrup expressed concern about potential misuse of federal resources in scientific research. He cited Freedom of Information Act requests that revealed contact between these journals and top White House health officials like Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins. However, Wenstrup did not provide specific reports or studies in his correspondence.

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

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic has been actively engaged with officials and experts involved in COVID-19 response since its inception. In January 2021, Dr. Anthony Fauci participated in two days of closed-door interviews with subcommittee members. This ongoing investigation aims to shed light on interactions between scientific journals, government officials, and peer review during the pandemic period.

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