Former Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield offered a stunning opinion during a recent interview with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta. The expert virologist says that he believes that the Covid-19 virus likely “escaped” from a Wuhan, China laboratory.
“I’m of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory. Escaped. Other people don’t believe that. That’s fine. Science will eventually figure it out,” Redfield said in an interview that aired on New Day Friday.
“It’s not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in a laboratory to infect the laboratory worker,” he said. “That’s not implying any intentionality. It’s my opinion, right? But I am a virologist. I have spent my life in virology.”
“I do not believe this somehow came from a bat to a human and at that moment in time that the virus came to the human, became one of the most infectious viruses that we know in humanity for human-to-human transmission.”
Redfield’s opinion echoes similar opinions offered by officials in the Trump administration such as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. President Trump often referred to the virus as the “Wuhan Virus” or “China Virus” to the press.