Former CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield told CNN chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, that he believes the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus (COVID-19) began spreading in Wuhan, where it was first identified, in September or October.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the virologist who headed the CDC when President Trump was still in office, made the surprising assertion in an interview broadcast on March 28, 2021.

“Now, I am of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory, escaped. The 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,” Dr. Redfield said.

He surmised that the virus began spreading in Wuhan around September and October. Although due to his lifelong career in virology, he was skeptical that a particular disease could be transmitted from bat to human. But, it happened and became the notorious pandemic that spread from human to human. 

It’s also not uncommon for Wuhan to perform such research. The Wuhan Institute of Virology, which has frequently worked with bat coronaviruses, is a well-known center for viral studies in China. When the outbreak occurred, Redfield was the director of the CDC. For the first time, he openly claims that he thinks the pandemic began months before the public was aware of it and that it started in a lab rather than a wet market.

Naturally, when a pathogen transitions from a zoonosis to a human infection, it usually takes some time for it to find out how to become more effective at human-to-human transmission, Dr. Redfield explained. He added that from his point of view, the scenario could make “any logical sense.” 

However, Dr. Redfield continued that a lab condition would be the vital environment for boosting the efficiency process. “Let’s just say I have coronavirus that I’m working on. Most of us in a lab, when trying to grow a virus, we try to help make it grow better and better and better … so we can do experiments and figure out about it,” 

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes Redfield’s lab leak hypothesis as “highly doubtful.” However, the pandemic has also exposed that WHO is untrustworthy. By assisting Beijing in spreading misinformation about the outbreak and excluding Taiwan and its wealth of disease awareness, the WHO prioritized politics over public health.

Politico reported that amid 2018, diplomats were already concerned about the coronavirus experiments in a Wuhan lab. Their message was ignored after they cabled a warning to Washington. Allegedly, such information about the pandemic was kept away from President Trump. When his administration found out, it was too late. 

“The intelligence community cleared the Jan. 15 statement, but the underlying data was still held secret. Likely changing no minds, it was meant as a signal—showing that circumstantial evidence did exist and that the theory deserved further investigation.” Politico said that President Trump’s State Department statement had proof that the Chinese Communist Party intentionally covered up information about the deadly disease. 


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