“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.”
In January, the U.S. State Department reported that it has new information indicating the pathogen behind the COVID-19 pandemic could have emerged from a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) former director indicates that he believes the virus that causes COVID-19 escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China.
Robert Redfield told CNN on Friday that it was his “opinion” that SARS-CoV-2 — the new coronavirus responsible for killing 2.7 million people globally — did not evolve naturally.
“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,” said Redfield, who led the CDC during the height of the pandemic. “Other people don’t believe that. 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. … That’s not implying any intentionality,” Redfield said. “It’s my opinion, right? But I am a virologist. I have spent my life in virology.
The American media, which has abandoned all objectivity and reason as demonstrated by the Biden press conference, constantly repeats the Chinese-preferred narrative that researchers and “experts” believe the animal-based pathogen evolved and was spread via the Wuhan wet market. Redfield is skeptical of these claims and offers an intriguing timeline based on his experience:
‘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.
‘Normally, when a pathogen goes from a zoonot to human, it takes a while for it to figure out how to become more and more efficient.’
He believes it started in a lab that was already studying the virus, which would mean COVID-19 was being exposed to human cell cultures.
‘Most of us in a lab, when trying to grow a virus, we try to help make it grow better, and better, and better, and better, and better, and better so we can do experiments and figure out about it. That’s the way I put it together.’
Redfield also 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.
Legal Insurrection readers, however, have been aware of the report since mid-February. On February 16, I covered the paper in my piece: Chinese university researchers believe virus may originate from government laboratory.
So it may be that a sloppy scientist failed to follow proper decontamination protocol before exiting the laboratory. This is especially troubling as researchers who work in the highest level of biosafety containment must undergo vigorous training before using such facilities.
…The full report is here, including this conclusion:
In summary, somebody was entangled with the evolution of 2019-nCoV coronavirus. In addition to origins of natural recombination and intermediate host, the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan. Safety level may need to be reinforced in high risk biohazardous laboratories. Regulations may be taken to relocate these laboratories far away from city center and other densely populated places.
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