A new congressional panel created by House Republicans launched an investigation Monday into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic by requesting documents and testimony from health and intelligence officials who have worked in the Biden administration.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, Chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, and House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., sent letters to Dr Anthony Faucisenior Biden administration officials such as the Director of National Intelligence avril haines and the president of the EcoHealth Alliance, a New York nonprofit group focused on emerging infectious diseases.

Fauci, who had headed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and was President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser beginning in January 2021, left his federal government posts in late December.

Wenstrup said Americans «deserve real answers» and that the investigation will investigate the origins of the virus in an effort to predict or prevent future pandemics.

«Government scientists and government-funded researchers have so far been uncommunicative in their insights and actions, including work with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and potential pandemic pathogens.» Wenstrup said in a statement. «We cannot accept more years of obstructions.»

Comer said in the statement that «evidence continues to mount pointing» to a virus leak from a Wuhan laboratory.

“We will continue to follow the facts to determine what could have been done differently to better protect Americans from this virus and hold US government officials accountable who participated in any type of cover-up,” Comer said.

While a US intelligence report from December 2021 identified three researchers in a Wuhan laboratory who sought treatment at a hospital after falling ill in November 2019, the findings were inconclusive for the hypothesis that the virus escaped from the lab. Other studies have supported the theory that the virus arose in nature and not in a laboratory.

The subcommittee’s investigation stems in part from skepticism about what government officials and the intelligence community knew about the virus.

In December, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a report which accused intelligence agencies of «omissions» in their public assessment of the origins of Covid, which members of the Republican Party said were «misleading.»