As the mainstream media dials back their claims of “right-wing conspiracy” as evidence continues to mount which suggests COVID-19 did, in fact, leak from a Wuhan, China lab, a former official from the previous administration explained why he backs the “lab leak theory.”
According to a Fox News exclusive interview with former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield, COVID-19’s rapid rate of transmission from human-to-human is one of the dead giveaways that suggests, unlike previous coronaviruses like SARS and MERS, COVID-19 came straight out of a high-level bio lab, likely from the one located in Wuhan.
From bat to lab, to human?
Redfield held nothing back as he pointed out several reasons why it’s more than plausible that the COVID-19 virus originated in a bat which was then modified in a laboratory and eventually somehow leaked to the human population.
“When I said before that I didn’t think it was biologically plausible that COVID-19 went from a bat to some unknown animal into man and now had become one of the most infectious viruses,” Redfield said, adding “”That’s not consistent with how other coronaviruses have come into the human species.”
“And, it does suggest that there’s an alternative hypothesis that it went from a bat virus, got into a laboratory, where in the laboratory, it was taught, educated, it evolved, so that it became a virus that could efficiently transmit human to human.”
What Redfield described is consistent with allegations from several high-profile Republicans, such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who believes that the virus was a subject of Wuhan’s “gain of function” research — efforts to alter viruses that were at least partially funded by the U.S. government.
Redfield argued that in his “best opinion as a virologist,” he currently doesn’t believe that the virus went from a bat to an animal and then to humans, as the transmission efficiency was far too advanced, given what scientists currently know and understand about the natural transmission of viruses compared to lab-based, altered viruses.
We may never know the truth
The former CDC director also expressed doubts that a true and thorough investigation into the origins of the virus which wrecked a global economy and left millions dead will ever fully be discovered, given the great lengths China has gone to in order to keep vital information suppressed.
Redfield was especially critical of the World Health Organization, who clearly do not seem to be interested in pressing Chinese officials for more information.
“Clearly, they were incapable of compelling China to adhere to the treaty agreements that they have on global health, because they didn’t do that,” Redfield said of the WHO. “Clearly, they allowed China to define the group of scientists that could come and investigate. That’s not consistent with their role.”
According to a Fox News report on Tuesday, a growing number of Republican senators are now fighting to obtain documents from “behind the scenes” actions by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) regarding the possibility that COVID-19 was leaked out of a Wuhan lab.
A group of five GOP senators, including Sen. Paul, authored the letter, addressed to the directors of HHS and NIH, requesting some 4,000 pages of emails and documents from early in 2020 concerning potential concerns the agencies had regarding COVID-19.