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Robert Redfield believes COVID-19 ‘escaped’ from Wuhan lab 


Ex-CDC director Robert Redfield says he believes COVID-19 ‘escaped’ from a lab in Wuhan

  • Robert Redfield, the former CDC director, says he believes COVID-19 ‘escaped’ from a lab in Wuhan, China 
  • He said the virus may have been circling since September 2019
  • Redfield made the claims in a CNN interview on Friday but stressed it was his ‘opinion’ 
  • It is the first time Redfield, who was appointed CDC director by President Trump, has stated publicly that he believes COVID-19 originated in a lab

The former director of the CDC, Robert Redfield, says he believes COVID-19 ‘escaped’ from Wuhan lab in China and may have been circling as early as September 2019.

Redfield made the stunning claims in a CNN interview on Friday but stressed it was his ‘opinion’.

It is the first time Redfield, who was appointed CDC director by President Trump, has stated publicly that he believes COVID-19 originated in a lab and not in a wet market. 

‘I’m of the point of view that I still think the most likely ideology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory… escaped. Other people don’t believe that, that’s fine. Science will eventually figure it out,’ he said. 

‘It’s not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in laboratories to infect the laboratory worker.

‘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 the virus came to the human, became one of the most infectious viruses that we know in humanity for human-to-human transmission.’ 

He said he believes the virus started circulating in Wuhan as early as September 2019, which is several months earlier than the official timeline. 

‘If I had to guess this virus started transmitting in September/October in Wuhan. That’s my view… I’m allowed to have opinions,’ Redfield said. 

The former director of the CDC , Robert Redfield, says he believes COVID-19 ‘escaped’ from a lab in Wuhan and may have been circling in the US since September 2019

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