Acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young on Wednesday refused to say whether President Joe Biden’s budget would include funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where some claim COVID-19 originated from.
Young’s comments came during a hearing on the president’s fiscal year 2022 budget after House Budget Committee Ranking Member Jason Smith asked what the administration was doing to get to the bottom of the clear link between American funding and the Wuhan lab and whether Young could commit “that American dollars would never be used to fund such research going forward from this budget?”
“Congressman, I started my career at [National Institutes of Health],” Young responded. “I would never make that commitment as someone who believes we need to be led by science and we certainly need to wait for that review before we jump to conclusions.”
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