Dr. Robert Redfield, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in an interview that he believes the most likely origin of the COVID-19 virus was from a laboratory in China.
"Now, I am of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory, escaped," Redfield said. "The 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."
Dr. Redfield said that he thinks the virus started transmitting in September or October in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Interviewer Sanjay Gupta said that the Wuhan Intstute for Virology is known for studying such viruses, including other types of coronaviruses, including experimenting with "bat coronaviruses."