CDC chief: Coronavirus escaped from Chinese lab

CDC chief: Coronavirus escaped from Chinese lab

CDC chief: Coronavirus escaped from Chinese lab

Robert Redfield, who led the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, told that he thinks that scenario is more likely than any alternative, including that the virus erupted after transferring from animals to humans or in a live-animal market.

“I’m allowed to have opinions now. I am of the point of view, 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,” Redfield told Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “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.”

Gupta noted Wuhan is known as a center for Chinese viral studies, as well as that the Wuhan Institute of Virology has been known to perform experiments on bat coronaviruses.

A World Health Organization team that traveled to Wuhan to investigate the origins of COVID-19 said it is “extremely unlikely” the virus came from a laboratory accident, and that it most likely jumped to humans via an intermediate species.