Senators Mike Braun and Josh Hawley have reintroduced a bill that would require President Joe Biden to declassify intelligence related to the origins of COVID-19, specifically the possibility that it leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. The bill is called the COVID-19 Origin Transparency Act. The senators believe that the American people deserve to know the truth about the origins of the pandemic and that declassifying intelligence will help in preventing future pandemics.
The COVID-19 Origin Transparency Act has been introduced by Senators Mike Braun and Josh Hawley, which would require President Joe Biden to declassify intelligence related to the origins of COVID-19. This bill is linked to the numerous controversies surrounding the origins of the virus and whether it originated from a lab leak or from natural sources.
The development comes after a bombshell report showed how Fauci used his influence to silence those who tried sharing the idea that COVID was man made.
In January 2020, virologist Kristian Andersen, along with three other virology peers, studied the genome sequence of SARS-CoV-2 and suspected it was created in a laboratory. However, Andersen changed his stance and dismissed the theory that the virus originated from a lab after a conference call with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
Additionally, an email from Fauci’s then-boss, Dr. Francis Collins, warned about the danger of promoting the lab leak theory, as it could result in the spread of conspiracy theories and harm science and international cooperation.
Senator Rand Paul later demanded answers from Dr. Fauci regarding the funding of gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which may have played a role in the origin of COVID-19. This led to the suspension of funding for gain-of-function research by the National Institutes of Health and a review of the origins of the virus by the Biden administration.
Senator Ron Johnson also wrote a letter suggesting that the origin of the virus should be further investigated and that certain public health measures, such as lockdowns and mask mandates, have been ineffective and harmful to the economy. The controversy surrounding the origins of COVID-19 has been highly politicized, with former President Trump also suspecting that the virus came from the Wuhan lab, leading to backlash from the media and accusations of racism.