President Joe Biden has signed into law the “COVID-19 Origin Act of 2023”, which passed Congress unanimously last week. The Act requires the declassification of intelligence related to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, as concerns continue to grow over the virus’s origins and calls for transparency from the international community.
In a statement, President Biden expressed his support for releasing as much information as possible about the origin of COVID-19 to prevent future pandemics. He also pledged to review all classified information relating to the virus’s origins, including potential links to the Wuhan Institute of Virology:
“We need to get to the bottom of COVID-19’s origins to help ensure we can better prevent future pandemics. My Administration will continue to review all classified information relating to COVID–19’s origins, including potential links to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
“In implementing this legislation, my Administration will declassify and share as much of that information as possible, consistent with my constitutional authority to protect against the disclosure of information that would harm national security.”
However, he noted that some intelligence may need to be redacted to protect national security, and that his administration will only declassify and share information that does not harm national security.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), who praised the President’s decision on Twitter, calling it a “huge victory for transparency” and urging for accountability.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) responded on Twitter, “Today President Biden finally signed my bill to declassify what the government knows about Covid origins. Let the people see for themselves! Huge victory for transparency. Now time for accountability.”
Today President Biden finally signed my bill to declassify what the government knows about Covid origins. Let the people see for themselves! https://t.co/wHjatKzWKe
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 20, 2023
The declassification of intelligence has been seen as a crucial step towards shedding light on the origins of the pandemic and preventing future outbreaks. The origin of COVID-19 has been a topic of debate since the pandemic began, with many experts suggesting the Wuhan Institute of Virology as a possible source. However, conclusive evidence has yet to be found, and the Chinese government has been accused of withholding important information. The release of this intelligence could potentially provide answers to the questions that have been troubling the international community.