Natural or from the laboratory? In the USA, they are demanding to declassify the origin of COVID-19

Natural or from the laboratory?  In the USA, they are demanding to declassify the origin of COVID-19

The House of Representatives of the US Congress requires the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haynes to declassify information about the origin of COVID-19. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the corresponding bill called the “COVID-19 Origin Act of 2023” on March 1, Reuters reports. Also on March 1, the FBI said that the most likely cause of the COVID-19 pandemic is a leak from a laboratory in Wuhan. On March 10, the lower house unanimously supported the bill (419 votes “for”, 0 votes “against”), increasing the pressure on the administration of President Joe Biden. Now the bill will be sent to the White House – Biden can sign it or veto it. “The American people need to know all aspects of how this virus was created, and in particular, whether this natural phenomenon was the result of a lab-related event,” said Republican Mike Turner, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who supported the bill. Democrat Jim Himes also called the bill an important first step. “I hope he will dispel some speculations and rumours,” the politician added. Read also: The WHO named four possible ways of transmitting the coronavirus to humans Photo: Wlad_Mus/Depositphotos The World Health Organization stated that finding out the origin of COVID-19 is a moral duty and all hypotheses should be studied. WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus wrote on Twitter that studying the origin of the virus is important scientifically to prevent future outbreaks and morally for the sake of the millions of people who have died or are living with Long COVID. It will be recalled that since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there were hypotheses that the appearance of COVID-19 was connected with the leakage of the virus from a laboratory in Wuhan. Experts from the WHO mission arrived in China and, after an investigation, ruled out the theory of the laboratory origin of the virus. However, it later emerged that China had not provided the WHO with information on the first infections. In 2021, Wall Street Journal sources familiar with the secret document confirmed that the hypothesis about the laboratory origin of the coronavirus is plausible and deserves further study. Joe Biden promised to do “everything possible” to trace the roots of the pandemic, and the WHO launched a new group to investigate. The debate surrounding the coronavirus in the US intensified again in February, when the US Department of Energy said in a commentary to the WSJ that the pandemic could have originated as a result of a leak from a laboratory. China denied those words, and the US ambassador called on the country to be “more honest” about the origin of the virus. On March 1, 2023, the director of the FBI told Fox News that the pandemic likely originated from an incident at a laboratory in Wuhan controlled by the Chinese government. The WHO later said it was “continuing to work” on identifying the origin of COVID-19. Read also: Scientists found rats infected with COVID-19 in New York – study

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