🇺🇸@COVID19Up: Robert Redfield, the former director of the CDC, believes that a lab leak is the most likely explanation for the origin of COVID-19.

Redfield, a virologist, discussed the theory during an interview this past weekend with Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center.

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, “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.”

Redfield said he was disappointed in the “lack of openness” within the scientific community to “pursue both hypotheses.”

“I’m just giving my best opinion as a virologist, and I don’t think it’s plausible that this virus went from a bat to an animal—we still don’t know that animal— and then went into humans and immediately had learned how to be human-to-human transmissible to the point of now causing one of the greatest pandemics we’ve had in the history of the world,” Redfield added.

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