Watchdog Faults HHS Oversight of Research on Possible Pandemic Pathogens

January 19, 2023

(Axios) – The federal health department’s framework for monitoring high-risk research on viruses and other agents that can cause pandemics doesn’t meet key criteria for effective oversight, a new watchdog report concludes. What they found: The Government Accountability Office found HHS has an unclear policy for reviewing and approving research involving pathogens that are altered to make them more transmissible or deadly — and that other policy gaps may allow the research to occur without appropriate oversight. (Read More)