Bloomberg Law
Feb. 1, 2023, 7:00 PMUpdated: Feb. 1, 2023, 9:15 PM

Challenges Limit Ability to ID Cause of Pandemics, GAO Finds (2)

Jeannie Baumann
Jeannie Baumann

A national strategy for investigating the genesis of pandemics could help pinpoint the root cause of outbreaks, a federal watchdog concluded as House Republicans probed the origins of Covid-19.

The Government Accountability Office released a reportWednesday in concert with House Energy and Commerce oversight panel’s first hearing in the new Congress on the origins of pandemics and other biological events. House Republicans’ focus on Covid origins is part of a larger priority spanning multiple committees to scrutinize the US pandemic response.

“We have to treat investigating the origins of pandemics as a part of pandemic preparedness, with a single ...

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