Trump’s CDC Director Says COVID Escaped From Chinese Lab
“I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory – you know, escaped,” said Robert Redfield, a virologist who led the CDC from 2018 to 2021. “Other people don’t believe that. That’s fine. Science will eventually figure it out.”
COVID-19 was first reported in December 2019, though Redfield believes human transmission began as early as September.
“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,” continued Redfield. “It takes a while for it to figure out how to become more and more efficient in human-to-human transmission. I just don’t think this makes biological sense.”
China has denied accusations that COVID-19 originated in or escaped from a Chinese lab. Officials have taken great lengths to keep raw data about the first cases private.
“It’s not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in a laboratory to infect the laboratory worker,” added Redfield. “That’s not implying any intentionality. It’s my opinion, right?”
Based on Redfield’s assertions, the most likely origin of COVID-19 is the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It is a biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) lab that specializes in coronavirus research.
BSL-4 is the highest designation of biosafety precautions.
BSL-4 labs are equipped to handle easily transmitted pathogens that can cause fatal disease, such as Ebola and COVID-19. Employees at BSL-4 labs are required to wear positive pressure suits when working and must pass through a chemical shower for decontamination before leaving.
Communications reported by the Washington Post show that officials at the US Embassy in Beijing expressed concerns about safety practices in the Wuhan lab as far back as 2018.
As noted by USA Today contributor and investigative journalist Alison Young, safety lapses inside laboratories are not uncommon. From 2015-2019, there were more than 450 accidents at labs studying pathogens so dangerous they required federal regulation. And that’s just in the United States.
“If the COVID-19 pandemic were found to have been caused by a lab accident, it would have far-reaching implications for the fragmented and secretive oversight of biological research in the United States and worldwide that currently relies heavily on the scientific community to police itself,” writes Young.
To make matters worse, the lab-leak theory has been tied to President Trump and thus dismissed by the liberal media. And the CDC is completely loyal to Beijing.
In the meantime, COVID-19 has infected 126 million people and killed 2.7 million people worldwide.
Author’s Note: Redfield is a credible source, but he has no chance against the Chinese propaganda machine.