(WASHINGTON) — The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Friday called on the Department of Health and Human Services to answer questions related to a series of incidents at labs run by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
The CDC responded to the incidents earlier Friday, acknowledging at least three instances in which active viruses or bacteria being found in unauthorized labs. The discovery of the three incidents, according to the HELP Committee, “necessitates a serious and careful review of HHS’s policies, procedures, and actions with respect to the appropriate handling of select agents and other serious pathogens.”
The Senate Committee, led by Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, requested details from HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and CDC Director Thomas Frieden on Friday.
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