Biden signs COVID-19 Origin Act requiring declassification of intelligence


21st March 2023 – (Washington) U.S. President Joe Biden has signed into law the COVID-19 Origin Act, mandating US intelligence to release previously classified information on the origin of the coronavirus. The Act, also known as S. 619, was passed by Congress and will require the Director of National Intelligence to declassify specific details related to the origin of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Origin Act, signed into law by President Biden, aims to bring transparency to the origins of the pandemic. The law requires the Director of National Intelligence to declassify intelligence related to the virus’s origin, including any evidence linking it to a laboratory leak in Wuhan, China.

The legislation follows growing international pressure on China to be more transparent about the virus’s origins. Many countries, including the US, have accused China of covering up information related to the outbreak. The declassification of intelligence is expected to provide more clarity on the pandemic’s origins, as well as hold those responsible accountable for any negligence or misconduct.

The Biden administration has made transparency a priority in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The signing of the COVID-19 Origin Act is just one example of this commitment. The administration has also been proactive in its efforts to increase vaccine distribution and provide critical information to the public.

According to the White House, the COVID-19 Origin Act is part of a larger effort to hold China accountable for any role it may have played in the outbreak. The declassification of intelligence is expected to shed light on any potential lapses in transparency or accountability.

There has been much debate surrounding the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the World Health Organisation (WHO) initially stated that the virus was transmitted from animals to humans, there has been growing speculation that the virus may have leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan.

The declassification of intelligence related to the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins could have significant implications for global health and diplomacy. The information released could help to improve global preparedness for future pandemics by identifying potential risks and vulnerabilities.