Fauci dismisses ex-CDC director’s claim that COVID came from the lab

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Fauci dismisses ex-CDC director's claim that COVID came from the lab


Dr Anthony Fauci on Friday dismissed claims by former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr Robert Redfield that SARS-CoV-2 was created in a Chinese lab, saying Redfield was simply expressing a “opinion”.

During the White House coronavirus briefing, Fauci said the virus that caused COVID-19 was probably already spreading in China weeks before it was detected – which has helped it become more contagious.

“The alternative explanation … is that this virus did circulate in China, probably in Wuhan, for a month or more before being clinically recognized at the end of December 2019,” Fauci explained. “If this were the case, the virus clearly could have adapted to greater efficiency of transmissibility during this period up to and at the time it was recognized.”

Dr Anthony Fauci and former CDC Director Robert Redfield
Dr Anthony Fauci believes former CDC director Dr Robert Redfield was simply expressing an ‘opinion’.
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In a new interview released Friday, Redfield – who oversaw the CDC at the height of the deadly global pandemic – said it was his “opinion” as a top virologist that SARS-CoV-2 “s ” had escaped “from the Wuhan laboratory.

It is widely believed that the origins of the highly contagious bedbug originate from animals before adapting to humans.

Dr Anthony Fauci on Friday rejected claims by former CDC director Robert Redfield about the origins of COVID.
Dr Anthony Fauci on Friday rejected claims by former CDC director Robert Redfield about the origins of COVID.
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But Redfield said if that was the case, “it takes a while for him to figure out how to become more and more effective in human-to-human transmission. ”

“I just don’t think it makes any biological sense,” he added.

Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, reiterated Redfield’s comments that he was simply expressing an opinion.

“So Dr Redfield mentioned that he was giving an opinion on one possibility,” Fauci said, “but again there are other alternatives, others that most people hold onto. ”

Also asked to weigh in, current CDC director Rochelle Walensky said a World Health Organization report on the origins of COVID-19 was forthcoming.

Robert Redfield said it was his "notice" as a high level virologist as SARS-CoV-2 "escaped" from the Wuhan laboratory.
Robert Redfield said it was his “opinion” as a top virologist that SARS-CoV-2 “escaped” from the Wuhan lab.
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“I have no indication for or against any of the hypotheses that Dr Fauci has just laid out,” she said.

Additional reporting by Natalie Musumeci

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