Senate unanimously passes bill forcing Biden admin to declassify intel on COVID-19 origins

The Senate unanimously passed Republican Senator Josh Hawley’s bill that requires the Biden administration and the Director of National Intelligence to declassify information within 90 days regarding the origins of the COVID-19 virus.

“The American people deserve to know about the origins of COVID-19,” Hawley proclaimed on the Senate floor prior to the bill passing. “They deserve to know how this terrible pandemic that has ravaged the globe and our country, how it got started, and what China’s role was in starting it.”

Hawley contends that American voters have a right to see the evidence and decide for themselves where the virus originated from rather than being spoon-fed speculation from the Biden administration.

“Whether it’s weighing in on issues of healthcare, national security, COVID-19, who disagrees with transparency?” demanded Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun who co-sponsored the bill. “The sunshine reveals everything.”

(Video Credit: Senator Josh Hawley)

“It needs to be revealed to anyone that can look at it to make sense out of what has happened,” Braun declared.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has also recently called for transparency in investigating the origins of the virus after strenuously proclaiming that it did not originate from a lab in China. Numerous media outlets that once decried the lab origination allegation as a conspiracy theory are also calling for the matter to be further looked into now. Facebook on Wednesday removed its ban on allowing posts that address the supposed leak from the lab as well.

Last April, former President Trump stated that he had a “high degree of confidence” that the virus originated from a lab and claimed he had seen evidence to support his certainty.

President Biden made a statement before the vote on Hawley’s bill, stating that lawmakers were looking at two possible scenarios. One entails the virus leaping from a human after contact with an infected animal. The other contends it accidentally leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. He asked the intelligence community to “redouble their efforts” to make a determination on the disease’s origins. The president also asked them to report back within 90 days.

“As part of that report, I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China,” Biden asserted in a statement. “I have also asked that this effort include work by our National Labs and other agencies of our government to augment the Intelligence Community’s efforts. And I have asked the Intelligence Community to keep Congress fully apprised of its work.”

Biden’s professed concern over the origins of the virus surface as it is being reported that his administration shut down a State Department effort to determine if COVID-19 originated in the Wuhan lab.

Three workers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology reportedly fell ill in mid-November of 2019. That was a month before the virus was first reported in the city. That information allegedly came from a Trump-era State Department official. The Wall Street Journal cited previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence that shows the workers exhibited symptoms and had to be hospitalized.

The bill would require the declassification of activities performed at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, including any conducted on behalf of the People’s Liberation Army, and coronavirus-related activities that took place prior to the outbreak.

It would also require the declassification of information on any researchers who became sick in the fall of 2019, including their names, symptoms, and whether they were hospitalized.

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