China’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has come under intense scrutiny over the course of the last year, with nations in Europe and the West coming to grips with the fact that Beijing had been lying right to their faces about the severity of the issue.
This isn’t terribly surprising: China has a long history of hiding and obscuring information that could be seen as damaging to their reputation. The issue here is that, in downplaying COVID-19, the left the rest of the world wildly underprepared for what was coming.
And, if China was lying about how bad it was, what else could they be deceiving us about?
It was this sentiment that first conjured the idea that a virology lab near to the first epicenter of the pandemic could somehow be involved, particularly as it became known that this particular site dealt extensively with bat-borne coronaviruses.
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As it turns out, this idea, that was once portrayed as zany, is now gaining some traction with experts.
Former CDC Director Robert Redfield said in an interview with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta that he believed the coronavirus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China.
Redfield said, “If I was to guess this virus started transmitting somewhere in September, October in Wuhan … That’s my own view. It’s an opinion. I’m allowed to have an opinion.”
He continued, “I’m of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory. Escaped. Other people don’t believe that. That’s fine. Science will eventually figure it out. It’s not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in a laboratory to infect the laboratory worker.”
China was already facing heavy criticism over their downplaying of the virus’s severity. Should it be fully discovered that this was also a lab leak, there is little doubt that Beijing will be facing incredible international repercussions.
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