In a new interview with Fox News, former CDC Director Robert Redfield says he believes COVID-19 emerged from the Wuhan lab.
“When I said before that I didn’t think it was biologically plausible that COVID-19 went from a bat to some unknown animal into man and now had become one of the most infectious viruses,” Redfield said, “That’s not consistent with how other coronaviruses have come into the human species. And, it does suggest that there’s an alternative hypothesis that it went from a bat virus, got into a laboratory, where in the laboratory, it was taught, educated, it evolved, so that it became a virus that could efficiently transmit human to human.”
Per Fox News “Public calls to investigate the lab-leak hypothesis, once dismissed in China and by many in U.S. media as a conspiracy, have intensified since last month, when the Wall Street Journal reported three researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology sought hospital treatment for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in late 2019. ”
“I’m just giving my best opinion as a virologist, and I don’t think it’s plausible that this virus went from a bat to an animal – we still don’t know that animal – and then went into humans and immediately had learned how to be human-to-human transmissible to the point of now causing one of the greatest pandemics we’ve had in the history of the world,” Redfield added.
Redfield also argued the WHO was “too compromised” by China to conduct a transparent investigation.
“Clearly, they were incapable of compelling China to adhere to the treaty agreements that they have on global health, because they didn’t do that. Clearly, they allowed China to define the group of scientists that could come and investigate,” Redfield said. “That’s not consistent with their role.”