Redfield tells CNN he believes origin of the coronavirus pandemic is a lab in China

Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield told CNN in an interview that aired Friday he thinks coronavirus originated in a lab in China.

“It’s not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in a laboratory to infect a laboratory worker,” Redfield said.

There is no hard evidence that the virus escaped from a lab, and Redfield noted that his comments are “my opinion.”

World Health Organization begs to differ: A WHO team has called the theory that the virus escaped from a lab “extremely unlikely.”

“The findings suggest that the laboratory incidents hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus to the human population,” Peter Ben Embarek, a WHO expert, said in February.