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Alert! Congress holds first hearing tomorrow morning on Covid-19 origins
Tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. a special subcommittee formed to investigate everything related to the Covid-19 pandemic will hold a first hearing on the origins of the virus.
Testifying will be:
Robert Redfield, MD, former CDC director
Jamie Metzl, PhD, senior fellow, Atlantic Council
Nicholas Wade, former science and health editor, New York Times; former editor of Science magazine and former editor of the journal Nature
Paul Auwaerter, MD (Democrat witness), clinical director of the division of infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and will be livestreaming at:
Written testimony from all four witnesses has been posted to the subcommittee’s website in advance of the hearing.
In his written testimony, Redfield, who was CDC director from 2018-2021 under President Donald Trump, says the following:
“From the earliest days of the pandemic, my view was that both theories about the origin of COVID-19 needed to be aggressively and thoroughly examined. Based on my initial analysis of the data, I came to believe—and still believe today—that it indicates COVID-19 infections more likely were the result of an accidental lab leak than the result of a natural spillover event. This conclusion is based primarily on the biology of the virus itself, including its rapid high infectivity for human to human transmission which would then predict rapid evolution of new variants, as well as a number of other important factors to include the unusual actions in and around Wuhan in the fall of 2019, all of which I am happy to discuss today.
“Even given the information that has surfaced in the three years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, some have contended that there is no point in investigating the origins of this virus. I strongly disagree. There is a global need to know what we are dealing with in the COVID-19 virus because it affects how we approach the problem to try and prevent the next pandemic.”
After leaving the CDC in early 2021, Redfield took a position as advisor to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a liberal Republican.
In March of that year, he went on on CNN and told Dr. Sanjay Gupta that he thought Covid most likely came out of a lab, saying:
“I am of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory, you know, 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 the laboratory to infect the laboratory worker.”
For this, Maryland state legislators called for his resignation.
The Speaker of the Maryland House, Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County), accused Redfield of “spreading conspiracy theories that fuel hate.”
It would be nice to hear at some point that they’ve reached out to him to apologize.