“Dr. Robert Redfield, the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has told CNN he believes the coronavirus originally escaped from a lab.” [Source: cbsnews.com]
Dr. Robert Redfield is but one of many authoritative figures who have stated publicly over the past year that they believe the coronavirus originated in a laboratory. Arguably the most notable of these is Professor Luc Montagnier, the French scientist who shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Interviewed on the CNews channel in France in April 2020, Montagnier asserted that the virus had been designed by molecular biologists. Stating that it contains genetic elements of HIV, he insisted its characteristics could not have arisen naturally. Scientists from India, China, and Australia have written papers reaching similar conclusions.
Sir Richard Dearlove, a former head of MI6, the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, also believes the virus was manmade and that it was released accidently. Dearlove says he has seen a scientific report providing evidence of this.
With the global economy expected to lose $22 trillion during 2020–2025 due to the pandemic, the ongoing questions about the origins of the coronavirus seem unlikely to disappear anytime soon.