(PatriotWise.com) — The World Health Organization has said that 2023 will be the last year of COVID-19. At a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “I am confident that this year, we will be able to say that COVID-19 is over as a public health emergency of international concern.” He added, however, that we “are not there yet” before stating that the latest figures show 5,000 deaths, which he described as 5,000 too many.
In the United States, infection figures are at the lowest they’ve been since the pandemic began, with 149,955 recorded on the week of March 5th. The peak was 5.6 million cases in January 2021. There is one lingering question that Dr. Ghebreyesus addressed, and that is the origin of the virus, which remains unclear and is a point of contention in the political and online sphere.
President Trump repeatedly referred to the disease as a “Chinese virus” and FBI Director Christopher Wray believes the most likely source is a “lab incident” in Wuhan, China. The WHO, together with Chinese leaders, has dismissed this idea and said it is extremely unlikely. However, neither China nor the WHO has come up with a valid alternative explanation.
President Biden recently said he plans to declassify as much material as possible to identify where the virus came from. A bill calling upon the President to release the information sailed through Congress unanimously early in March and has now been signed by Biden. It comes with the proviso that information will only be released if it is not deemed to compromise national security, and the White House will decide how that is defined.
The COVID-19 Origin Act was proposed by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and it was quite specific. The bill said that the government must publish “any and all information relating to potential links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the origin” of the virus.
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