Trump's CDC director Robert Redfield says he believes COVID-19 'escaped' from a lab in Wuhan and started spreading as early as September 2019

 The former director of the CDC, Robert Redfield, says he believes COVID-19 'escaped' from Wuhan lab in China and may have been circling as early as September 2019.

Redfield made the admission in a CNN interview on Friday but stressed it was his 'opinion'.

It is the first time Redfield, who was appointed CDC director by President Trump, has stated publicly that he believes COVID-19 originated in a lab and not in a wet market where an initial cluster of cases was linked to. 

'I'm of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology 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,' he said.  

'It's not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in laboratories to infect the laboratory worker.

'That's not implying any intentionality. It's my opinion, right? But I am a virologist. I have spent my life in virology.' 

The former director of the CDC , Robert Redfield, says he believes COVID-19 'escaped' from a lab in Wuhan and may have been circling since September 2019

The former director of the CDC , Robert Redfield, says he believes COVID-19 'escaped' from a lab in Wuhan and may have been circling since September 2019

Former CDC director believes COVID-19 'escaped' from a lab
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Researchers have said the global pandemic is believed to have started when COVID-19 jumped from a bat to a human or through an intermediary species at a wet market in Wuhan.

Redfield, however, says that explanation doesn't make 'biological sense' to him.  

'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,' he said.

'Normally, when a pathogen goes from a zoonot to human, it takes a while for it to figure out how to become more and more efficient.'  

He believes it started in a lab that was already studying the virus, which would mean COVID-19 was being exposed to human cell cultures. 

'Most of us in a lab, when trying to grow a virus, we try to help make it grow better, and better, and better, and better, and better, and better so we can do experiments and figure out about it. That's the way I put it together.'  

Redfield also said he believes the virus started circulating in Wuhan as early as September 2019, which is several months earlier than the official timeline. 

'If I had to guess this virus started transmitting in September/October in Wuhan. That's my view... I'm allowed to have opinions,' Redfield said.  

It is the first time Redfield, who was appointed CDC director by President Trump, has stated publicly that he believes COVID-19 originated in a lab and not in a wet market. Pictured above are researchers in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

It is the first time Redfield, who was appointed CDC director by President Trump, has stated publicly that he believes COVID-19 originated in a lab and not in a wet market. Pictured above are researchers in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

Redfield was appointed CDC director by President Donald Trump

Redfield was appointed CDC director by President Donald Trump 

The US was first informed of the new virus, then believed to be a mysterious cluster of pneumonia patients, in late December. 

US investigators have been blocked from going to China in a bid to investigate the virus and its origins.   

The World Health Organization has previously said the lab theory was 'extremely unlikely' but a team of its scientists that were finally allowed into Wuhan have still not been able to determine the origin of the virus more than a year into the pandemic. 

China has long resisted pressure for a full investigation and has touted theories that the virus might not have originated in Wuhan. 

Trump first started speculating that China may have released the virus in lab ‘mistake’ early last year. 

He claimed to have seen evidence to support the theory that the origin was a Wuhan lab. 

Trump repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as the 'Chinese virus' throughout his presidency. 

More than 546,000 Americans have now died of COVID-19 since the pandemic broke out and there have been over 30 million confirmed cases across the country.   

Trump's CDC director Robert Redfield says he believes COVID-19 'escaped' from a lab in Wuhan and started spreading as early as September 2019 Trump's CDC director Robert Redfield says he believes COVID-19 'escaped' from a lab in Wuhan and started spreading as early as September 2019 Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 11:03 Rating: 5

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