The bill was voted unanimously March 10 in the House of Representatives, after a debate that determined Americans deserve answers to all aspects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We need to get to the bottom of the origins of COVID-19,” Biden said in a statement, noting that included the link between the outbreak and a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan. “By implementing this legislation, my administration will declassify and share as much information as possible” without compromising “national security.”Promised, according to news agencies France Press agency And Europe Press.
The law poses political risks for Biden, who has a strained relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
China rejects the possibility that a leak during an investigation at a Wuhan laboratory unleashed the epidemic. but, Much of the US Congress wants to deepen this theory, particularly Biden’s Republican opponents.
The Covid-19 outbreak began in 2019 in the eastern Chinese city of Wuhan and has so far led to nearly seven million deaths worldwide, more than a million of them in the United States.
But US health officials and intelligence agencies remain divided over whether it was randomly transmitted to humans through an infected animal or was leaked during research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said three weeks ago that the agency believed the epidemic was “most likely” caused by an incident at the Wuhan laboratory.
Earlier, the Department of Energy determined that a leak from a Chinese laboratory was the most likely cause of the outbreak. However, other US agencies believe that the virus originated naturally in the world.
The scientific community considers it crucial to determine the origin of an epidemic in order to better combat, or even prevent, the next pandemic.