“Never a conspiracy theory”: Former CDC director says COVID started in Wuhan lab

by Peter Heck · Mar 27th, 2021 6:06 pm

Last Updated Mar 28th, 2021 at 11:11 pm

After being mocked and maligned when he first entertained the notion months ago, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) is feeling vindicated by the recent remarks about the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic by former CDC Director Robert Redfield.

In an interview with CNN, Redfield was careful to distance his "own view" from the official line of the CDC, but made abundantly clear that he believed the pandemic began in a Wuhan laboratory. This was the very argument Sen. Cotton espoused when conventional knowledge was that it came from a bat in a Chinese "wet market."

"I am a virologist," Redfield said. "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-to-human transmission. Normally, when a pathogen goes from a zoonotic (ph) to human, it takes awhile 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."

Redfield said he believes the virus escaped from a Wuhan lab somewhere in September or October of 2019. "It's not unusual for respiratory pathogens…to infect a laboratory worker," he explained, adding that "science will eventually figure it out."

Cotton took to Twitter to express his agreement with Redfield's conclusion.

Cotton has argued that Communist China must be held accountable for their secretive and dishonest handling of the situation.


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