Chair of COVID subcommittee requests testimony from leading science journal editors on their connection with the federal government

As part of its ongoing investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic has invited three major science journals to testify at a hearing on April 16. The hearing will focus on “Academic Malpractice: Examining the Relationship Between Scientific Journals, the Government, and Peer Review.”

The subcommittee’s chair, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), sent letters to the editors-in-chief of The Lancet, Science, and Nature asking them to provide testimony. In his letters, Wenstrup expressed concern that these journals may have granted inappropriate access to the federal government in the scientific review or publishing process. He referenced Freedom of Information Act requests that showed these journals had been in contact with top White House health officials like Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins. However, Wenstrup did not provide any specific reports or studies in his letters.

A search for research articles related to COVID-19 on the websites of the three science journals yielded nearly 19,000 results. The Hill reached out to The Lancet, Science, and Nature for comment on the matter but did not receive a response from any of them.

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic has been actively engaging with officials and experts involved in the COVID-19 response throughout this year. At the beginning of 2021, Fauci participated in two days of closed-door interviews with the subcommittee. This ongoing investigation aims to shed light on how scientific journals interacted with government officials and peer review during this pandemic.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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