CNN’s Sanjay Gupta Supports Former CDC Director’s ‘Informed’ Theory That COVID Escaped From Wuhan Lab
Meanwhile, China’s top medical officials says its vaccines ‘don’t have very high protection rates.’
In late March, I blogged that former CDC Director Robert Redfield asserted that COVID-19 likely came from a laboratory in Wuhan, China: “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.”
Now, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has broken ranks with his network to support Redfield’s belief theory on the coronavirus’s origin.
Last month, Redfield opened up in an interview with Gupta for a CNN special, saying he believes an accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is the ‘most likely’ origin for the coronavirus pandemic.
CNN commentators sneered at Redfield’s opinion, with the network in one tweet insisting there was ‘a lack of clear evidence’ for the lab escape theory, but Gupta backed Redfield up in an interview published on Thursday.
‘He’s an experienced virologist. He was also head of the CDC at the time this was happening, which means that in addition to everything that we know, he had access to raw data and raw intelligence that was coming out of China,’ Gupta told Mediate’s The Interview podcast.
Dr. Gupta stressed that Redfield‘s opinion was an “informed” one that could be supported “just from an Occam’s razor standpoint.”
“My point is that it’s a much more informed sort of thing for him to be saying than for anybody who may have expertise in virology, because he has a lot more knowledge and information that he has that maybe he can’t share, but is informing his opinion,” he said, adding, “It’s still an opinion.”
Dr. Gupta said he gave Dr. Redfield multiple opportunities during the March 26 interview to clarify his remarks, but that he “really was quite adamant that this was the origin of the virus.”
“I was not as shocked by what he said as the fact that he said it,” Dr. Gupta said. “There’s reason to suspect that this is the origin of the virus. It’s a big virology lab right in Wuhan that happened to be studying bat coronaviruses. Just from an Occam’s razor standpoint, finding the simplest explanation, it would make sense.”
I will note that CNN may have been ahead of the curve if it paid attention to our February 2020 post: Chinese university researchers believe virus may originate from government laboratory.
You can find a link to the podcast via Mediate for those who wish to hear Gupta’s interview.
Meanwhile, in China, officials admit the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, and the communist government is considering mixing them to get a boost.
Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates,” said the director of the China Centers for Disease Control, Gao Fu, at a conference Saturday in the southwestern city of Chengdu.
Beijing has distributed hundreds of millions of doses abroad while trying to promote doubt about the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine made using the previously experimental messenger RNA, or mRNA, process.
“It’s now under formal consideration whether we should use different vaccines from different technical lines for the immunization process,” Gao said.
Legal Insurrection readers who have been following our coverage discussion the success of “Operation Warp Speed” would not have been surprised at that news, either. In March, we noted that China’s Sinovac product was reported only to be 50% effective.
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