Dr. Robert Redfield, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said he believes the Chinese Communist virus escaped from a Wuhan laboratory, but Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s chief infectious disease expert, said Friday (March 26) that most public health care experts do not hold The same idea.
Fauci responded to Redfield’s comments at a regular press conference held by the White House’s New crown outbreak Response Team. Redfield was appointed by former President Donald Trump as director of the CDC.
In the CNN documentary, Redfield said in an interview that he believes the virus was created in a lab and escaped, but that it was not necessarily intentional. He said that was his opinion, and that he was now a civilian with no official position and was entitled to hold such an opinion.
When asked about the comment, Dr. Fauci said he understood the comment, which he said was one of several theories of the origin of the virus. He said he believes the argument is based on the fact that when the virus was initially identified in late December 2019, it appeared to spread easily among the population, suggesting that the virus was artificially modified in the laboratory.
FILE PHOTO: Health officials, including Dr. Fauci (left), director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Redfield, then director of the CDC, testify before the Senate on the Communist China virus outbreak. (June 30, 2020)
But Fauci explained that the explanation from most health professionals was that the virus had been circulating in China for several weeks if not a month at the Time before it was detected clinically, which gave the virus ample time to adapt to humans.
When asked what she thought of Redfield’s claim, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the current director of the CDC, said she had no official opinion on the origin of the virus. She mentioned that the World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting a study on the origin of the virus and said she looks forward to seeing what they think on the issue.
WHO experts leading the study had made preliminary comments saying they thought it was highly unlikely that the virus originated in a laboratory.
WHO said it would publish the study in the coming days.