In July 2020, U.S. Right to Know began submitting public records requests in pursuit of data from public institutions in an effort to discover what is known about the origins of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease Covid-19. We are also researching accidents, leaks and other mishaps at laboratories where pathogens of pandemic potential are stored and modified, and the health risks of gain-of-function (GOF) research, which involves experiments on such pathogens to increase their host range, infectivity, transmissibility or pathogenicity.
U.S. Right to Know is an investigative research group focused on promoting transparency in public health.
We are concerned that the national security apparatuses of the United States, China and elsewhere may not provide a full and honest picture of what is known about the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and the dangers of biosafety laboratories and gain-of-function research. The public and global scientific community have a right to know what data exists about these matters. We will report any useful findings that may emerge from our research.
For more information, please see:
- Biohazards blog: Our reporting on new documents obtained by U.S. Right to Know
- Recommended readings: Did SARS-CoV-2 originate in a lab? What are the risks of gain-of-function research?
- Introductory article: Why we are researching the origins of SARS-CoV-2, biosafety labs and GOF research
- Documents page: Documents USRTK has obtained via Freedom of Information laws
- FOIA litigation on origins of SARS-CoV-2, risks of gain of function research and biosafety labs