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Bullet policy, statements · Jul 15, 2021

Societies Urge Congress to Base COVID-19 Investigations on Evidence-Based Research

A coalition of 36 scientific societies, including AIBS, have urged leaders of the House Appropriations Committee to base any investigations into the origin and transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic on evidence-based research.

“We caution against adopting policy changes absent scientific evidence, because doing so could further undermine the public’s confidence in science,” wrote the groups in a July 14 letter. “We urge you to reject attempts to impose restrictions on federally funded research or the operations of federal science agencies based on premature conclusions about how the pandemic emerged. Such efforts could have serious, negative unintended consequences for potentially lifesaving research. ”

Read the letter.

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