Dr. Fauci rejects the conviction of ex CDC director Dr. Redfield that COVID has been leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan
Dr. Anthony Fauci rejected the conviction of Robert Redfield, the former director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who claimed that COVID-19 had leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan – but said he was “entitled to his opinion.”
Redfield had said in an interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Friday that his “opinion” was that the coronavirus had spread from the Wuhan Institute of Virology and had been spreading in China for months before it was discovered.
‘I believe I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan came from a laboratory. Escaped. Other people don’t believe that. That’s fine. Science will figure it out eventually, ”Redfield said.
However, Fauci shot down those claims when asked about them during the White House’s COVID-19 briefing on Friday – noting that if the virus had been circulating for months, the claim that it came from a lab would be less likely.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci rejected the conviction of Robert Redfield, the former director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who claimed that COVID-19 was leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan
The former director of the CDC, Robert Redfield, says he believes COVID-19 has ‘escaped’ a laboratory in Wuhan and may have been circling since September 2019.
Researchers will work in a laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China in 2017
“ So when you think about the possibilities of how this virus appeared in the human population, there are of course a number of theories, ” Fauci said in the briefing
“ The problem that would make someone think it’s possible to have escaped from a lab would mean that it essentially invades the external human population that is already well adapted to humans, suggesting that it was adapted in the lab. ”
However, Fauci said most public health officials believe the virus was actually circulating in China for a month or more before being clinically recognized in late December 2019.
“If it did, the virus could clearly have adapted to greater transmissibility efficiency during that period up to and including the time it was recognized,” Fauci said.
So Dr. Redfield said he expressed an opinion on a possibility. But then again, there are other alternatives – others that most people stick to. ‘
Later in the briefing, Fauci was again asked about Redfield’s comments, saying, “He’s entitled to his opinion now.”
“I think what he was probably expressing is that there are certainly possibilities, as I just said, how a virus adapts to spread efficiently among humans,” Fauci said.
He said it is ‘more likely’ that the virus ‘flew under the radar’ and spread in the community in China for several weeks, if not a month or more, making it quite well adapted when it was first clinically recognized could be. ‘
But according to Dr. Redfield, he said – he was just expressing an opinion and an option of what it could be, ”Fauci repeated.
This aerial photo taken on April 17, 2020 shows the P4 laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan
Security is standing guard outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by the World Health Organization team to investigate the origin of COVID-19 on Feb. 3, 2021.
Shi Zhengli, left, collaborates with other researchers in a laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in 2017
Fauci also said that Redfield, pictured, is ‘entitled to his opinion’ and ‘said there are certainly possibilities’ for how the virus originated
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the new CDC director, said the Biden administration currently has no “ indication for or against any of the hypotheses. ”
She said the CDC is waiting for a report from the World Health Organization examining the origins of this pandemic and its occurrence in humans.
Redfield’s comments were the first time the Trump-appointed CDC director had publicly stated that he believes that COVID-19 originated in a lab and not a wet market, where the virus from a bat allegedly entered a man has jumped.
‘I believe I still think the most likely etiology of this pathogen in Wuhan came from an escaped lab. Other people don’t believe that, that’s fine. Science will figure it out eventually, ”Redfield said.
“It is not uncommon for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in laboratories to infect the laboratory worker.
‘That does not imply intent. It’s my opinion, right? But I am a virologist. I have spent my life in virology. ‘