Former CDC Director Robert Redfield told CNN on Friday that he believes the coronavirus “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and that it was spreading as early as September or October of 2019 — though he stressed that it was his “opinion.”
It’s a stunning assertion by the man who led the U.S. government’s public health agency from the time the virus was first detected in Wuhan through the entirety of the Trump administration’s response.
“I’m of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory. Escaped. Other people don’t believe that. That’s fine. Science will eventually figure it out,” Redfield told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta.
NEW: Former CDC Director Robert Redfield says he believes the coronavirus originated in and “escaped” from a Wuhan lab https://t.co/s5xijWAdVE
— Axios (@axios) March 26, 2021
!!! Ex-CDC director says he believes coronavirus originated in Wuhan lab https://t.co/AA21ZTXl6M
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) March 26, 2021