Now that he’s no longer a government employee, former CDC Director Robert Redfield can freely express his ideas about how and where he thinks COVID-19 originated and, equally interesting, when it originated.
Worldwide, 2.77 million deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus, nearly 560,000 of those have been in the U.S.
Speaking to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Redfield said, “If I was to guess, this virus started transmitting somewhere in September, October in Wuhan. That’s my own feelings. And only opinion. I’m allowed to have opinions now.”
“I still think the most likely ideology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory, escaped,” he told Gupta.
“The other people don’t believe that,” Redfield noted. “That’s fine. Science will eventually figure it out. It’s not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in a laboratory to infect the laboratory worker.”
He added, “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 transmission.”
The full interview will air on CNN on Sunday.
Ex CDC Director Robert Redfield says he believes the coronavirus originated at a virology lab in Wuhan and began spreading in Sep 2019. Redfield led CDC under Trump says he is giving an opinion as a virologist. This is consistent with my reporting. CNN special airs Sunday. pic.twitter.com/KsVDRJtE0n
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The Daily Mail published a comparison of China’s official timeline, which shows Dec. 8, 2019, as the “earliest date that China has acknowledged an infection,” versus new evidence that indicates the virus was present months earlier than China admits.
There have been reports from Italy and Spain that the virus was detected in tissue samples taken in September and October of 2019.
The Mail reported that in September 2019, “blood samples” were “taken in a lung cancer screening trial in Italy which later test[ed] positive for coronavirus.”
Around two months ago, the World Health Organization sent a team of scientists to Wuhan to investigate the origins of the virus. The team spent time at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Dr. Peter Daszak, a British zoologist on the WHO team, told Sky News at that time, “They are sharing data with us that we have not seen before – that no one has seen before. They are talking with us openly about every possible pathway. We really are getting somewhere and I think every member of the team would say that.”
After all the lies from Chinese officials and the agency that has repeatedly provided cover for them, it’s difficult to entirely believe that. In addition, over a year had elapsed since the pandemic had begun.
Unsurprisingly, WHO-led team concluded that the virus “most likely jumped from one species to another before entering the human population and is highly unlikely to have leaked from a laboratory,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
The WHO team on Tuesday said it was also possible that the virus may have been transmitted to humans through imported frozen food, a theory heavily promoted by Beijing. But the team said the most likely scenario was one in which the virus spilled over naturally from an animal into humans, such as from a bat to a small mammal that then infected a person.
Does anyone really trust these conclusions?