The testimony comes as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it will require employers with 100 or more employees to get vaccinated or get tested weekly and wear a mask by Jan. 4.
While the stated intent behind the hearing is to look forward at how to handle the pandemic, it is more than likely that senators will also be looking to past actions and decisions by Fauci and his agency, both related to coronavirus and otherwise. Committee member Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was among lawmakers who sent letters in recent days regarding funding for “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and experimentation on puppies.
The letter regarding gain-of-function research, was sent on Oct. 29 to Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health – of which Fauci’s agency is a part. It was in reference to the NIH’s removal from their website of a section which defined that sort of research as “a type of research that modifies a biological agent so that it confers new or enhanced activity to that agent.”