In his testimony before Congress on Wednesday, Dr. Robert Redfield cited three suspicious incidents at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that confirmed his long-held view that COVID-19 originated in a Chinese laboratory. He claims that this belief has kept him out of transformative dialogues.
Although it is now more widely acknowledged that COVID-19 “most likely” originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which was under the control of the Chinese Communist Party and where risky gain-of-function experiments on coronaviruses were frequently conducted, saying this in recent years has sparked derision and censorship.
For suggesting that human interference and error may have contributed to the spread of a virus that killed tens of millions of lives globally, Redfield, a former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reportedly got death threats from his scientific peers.
He told Vanity Fair, “I was threatened and shunned because I put forth another viewpoint. I anticipated politicians to do it. It was unexpected coming from science.”
On March 8, he spoke candidly to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.
“Bad things occur in threes.”
Redfield identified three specific events that occurred early in the epidemic that strengthened his assumption that COVID-19 originated in a lab.
First, “they erased the sequences. Extreme irregularity. That’s not what researchers like to do.”
Over 200 data entries of the genetic sequencing from early cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan were removed from an online scientific database early in the pandemic, according to a New York Times story. The virus that devastated the planet may have preceded the purported outbreak at the wet marked in December 2019, which raised the early suspicion that these sequences were removed.
13 of the sequences were located online by Jesse Bloom, who is a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, and concluded that it “looks plausible that the sequences were removed to disguise their existence.”
According to the Washington Examiner, Chinese researchers requested that the National Institutes of Health remove the sequences, and the NIH cooperated.
Redfield seemed to imply that sequences were deleted as early as September 2019.
Next, Redfield added, “They switched the lab’s command and control system from civilian to military leadership. Very uncommon.”
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) made the following observation in 2021 at a Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis meeting: “My committee has just learned from new testimony that the Chinese military might have taken over this lab earlier in 2019 rather than in January 2020. At the time of 2017, the Chinese military was truly present. The fact that the CCP was concerned before anyone outside of the lab realized what COVID-19 was told us something. Why else would they have given control to the Chinese military?”
Early in 2021, the State Department reported that “from at least 2017, the Wuhan Institute of Virology has participated in secret research, including laboratory animal experiments, on behalf of the Chinese military.”