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Former CDC director: Scientists modified coronavirus before it leaked out of Wuhan lab

Virologist Dr. Robert Redfield said he thinks the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) was modified by Chinese scientists before it leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China’s central Hubei province. The former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added that the COVID-19 virus’s ability to jump from an animal to a human is not “biologically plausible.” While earlier reports claimed that the pathogen came from bats, newfound evidence suggests it originated in the WIV lab, which has sparked an ongoing debate.

Redfield doubled down on his belief of the lab leak theory in a June 15 interview with Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel. He said that the virus’s ability to spread rapidly has never been seen in other coronaviruses. And while most coronaviruses can cross over from animals to humans, zoonosis usually occurs at a much slower pace than what was seen with the Wuhan coronavirus.

“I said before that I didn’t think it was biologically plausible that COVID-19 went from a bat to some unknown animal into [humans], and now had become one of the most infectious viruses. That’s not consistent with how other coronaviruses have come into the human species,” said Redfield, who suspects that the COVID-19 virus, although unintentionally leaked, had undergone genetic tweaks.

“There’s an alternative hypothesis that it went from a bat virus [and] got into a laboratory, where … it was taught [and] educated. [It then] evolved … [and] became a virus that could efficiently transmit [from] human to human,” explained Redfield.