The former director of the CDC had an interesting revelation on Friday. Since he is now the ‘former’ director, the cuffs are off and he can speak his free mind. And he certainly did when he was asked on CNN where the coronavirus originated from.
“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. 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.”
It’s important to note that Redfield was not saying it was done on purpose by China. Just that it was done, you know, by China. “It’s my opinion, right? But I am a virologist. 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 … became one of the most infectious viruses that we know in humanity for human-to-human transmission.”
Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN was conducting the interview with Redfield, and he wasn’t buying the explanation. He referenced the explanation from the World Health Organization, which has claimed corona arose naturally. Gupta also went so far as to say the the virus may have multiple origins, including U.S. military labs.
Needless to say, it’s 100% become a political issue, with believers on both side locked in to their partisan thoughts and unable or unwilling to engage in the type of dialogue that would assure we find out how it happened, so maybe we could prevent it from happening again.