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Virologist Robert Redfield was at the helm of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) under the Trump administration when the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

Earlier this week, Redfield did an interview with CNN in a special titled COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out. He looked back on the inception of the virus and the pandemic itself, saying he could call China’s response a “cover-up”.

“It seems to me that some of the information is people are not being transparent about it. I could use the word ‘cover-up,’ but I don’t know that so I’m not going to speculate that,” Redfield said

The virus, which did originate in China back in 2019 has killed over 2.7 million people globally. Redfield said he offered to send some CDC personnel to assist with the growing outbreak in January 2020 but the offer was not accepted. 

The Chinese government has repeatedly denied any “cover-up” in relation to the virus. 

Redfield also shared his belief that the virus escaped from a laboratory through a leak. This is a widely circulated and controversial belief that the Chinese government and the World Health Organization (WHO) have spoken out against. 

Redfield shared that it is not uncommon for pathogens, specifically respiratory infections, to infect a scientist and escape. 

The conspiracy is supported widely due to the fact that the Wuhan Institute of Virology is located at the epicenter of the pandemic. The virology lab has reportedly experimented with bat coronaviruses in the past. 

“Normally when a pathogen goes from a zoonose to human, it takes a while for it to figure out how to become more and more efficient in human to human transmission,” Redfield said.

“I just don’t think this makes biological sense.”

Immunologist Anthony Fauci, the current chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, responded to Redields claims at the White House. 
He said there are still other alternatives and that there are “a number of theories”.

Written ByAshley Grams

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