The Senate approved a bill that would require the Biden administration and the director of national intelligence to declassify information on the origins of COVID-19 by unanimous consent Wednesday night.
“The American people deserve to know the origins of COVID-19,” Republican Senator from Missouri Josh Hawley told the Senate before the bill was passed. “They deserve to know how this terrible pandemic that has ravaged the world and our country, how it started and what role China played in launching it. “
He said voters deserved to see the evidence and judge for themselves, rather than different speculation from various administration officials about the origin of the virus.
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“Whether it’s health issues, national security issues, COVID-19, who doesn’t agree with transparency? Asked Republican Senator from Indiana, Mike Braun. “The sun reveals everything. “
Braun noted that even Dr Anthony Fauci, who led the US response to the coronavirus through two presidential administrations, called for transparency regarding the origins of the virus.
In a statement ahead of the vote, Biden said intelligence executives were considering two possible scenarios – whether the virus jumped on a human after coming into contact with an infected animal or that it accidentally leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan. , in China.
The so-called lab leak theory, initially ridiculed by critics of the Trump administration as a conspiracy theory and censored on Facebook between February and Wednesday, has gained traction in recent days amid a lack of evidence for other origins of the coronavirus.
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This week, Fox News learned from a Trump-era State Department official that several workers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill in mid-November 2019, a month before COVID-19 hit. be reported for the first time in the city. The official claimed to have been in contact with those contacts at the time and said his colleagues had also been in communication on the matter.
The Wall Street Journal, citing previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence services, reported the workers were showing coronavirus-like symptoms and required hospital treatment.
Morgan Phillips and Kelly Flagship of Fox News contributed to this report.