Former U.S. Director of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Robert Redfield said he had received death threats from fellow scientists after saying he suspected the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus in a laboratory in Wuhan originated.
Redfield said Vanity Fair in an interview published on Thursday, he received a significant amount of setbacks after telling CNN earlier this year that he was a proponent of the theory that the virus had leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China. , which is contrary to the official story advocated by the CCP.
Redfield said he was ‘threatened and obliterated because I proposed another hypothesis’, and told the magazine he expected it from politicians. I did not expect this from science. ”
Redfield noted that some death threats come from individuals who thought he was racially sensitive, but other threats come from leading scientists he did not name.
In March, Redfield said it was “not uncommon for respiratory pathogens being worked on in a laboratory to infect a laboratory worker, noting that he was ‘spent’. [his] life ”studying viruses.
“Normally, when a pathogen goes from a zoonot to a human,” he added, “it takes a while before it finds out how to become more efficient in human-to-human transmission.”
Therefore, Redfield said that the CCP virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, was probably ‘from a laboratory’ in Wuhan, China, which ‘escaped’. In the interview, Redfield said he suspects the viral pandemic started as a localized outbreak in Wuhan earlier than many suspected – in September 2019 or October 2019 – instead of in December 2019 or January 2020.
“I’m of the opinion that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory – you know, escaped,” Redfield further told the CNN interview. “Other people do not believe it. It is good. Science will eventually figure it out. ”
CCP officials claimed that the virus first appeared in December 2019 and appeared on a wet market in Wuhan, about a few kilometers from Wuhan Laboratory. However, the Chinese regime provided little detail on how the virus was transmitted and could not determine the animal that spread the virus to humans.
At the same time, the CCP has been criticized by the international community, including human rights organizations, for its efforts to disguise the origin of the virus and to silence doctors, whistleblowers and others.
The World Health Organization has previously speculated that the virus was transmitted from a bat to an intermediary.
President Joe Biden said last month that a number of officials within the U.S. intelligence community, the group of 17 agencies led by the office of director of national intelligence, suspected that the virus came from the Wuhan laboratory and announced that they had the case will investigate.