As detailed by Natalie Winter at The National Pulse, it was last Friday when former CDC Director Robert Redfield told CNN that he believes the COVID virus came from a Chinese lab. But a careful distinction was made by Redfield to limit his statement. He didn’t mean it was intentionally released, nor was he claiming the virus was man-made in his remarks.
Dr. Anthony Fauci responded to Redfield’s interview by stressing the fact this was simply the former CDC head’s opinion, and pointed toward other possibilities to dilute it.
"The fact that we haven't seen it before, doesn't mean it was created in a laboratory," Ian Lipkin told CBS. Lipkin went as far as accusing Redfield's comments of stoking racial tensions against Asians.
He gave a different statement to USA Today: “That seems to be the most likely and plausible explanation, particularly since we’ve seen so many of these viruses emerge in just this way.”
Neither outlet explores Ian Lipkin’s relationship with the Chinese government.
The National Pulse lists off Ian Lipkin’s connections to the Chinese establishment:
- In January 2016, Ian Lipkin gets a top science honor in China for his work related to SARS. “It solidifies my relationship with dear friends and colleagues in the Chinese Academy of Science, Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Health, and with the people of China.”
- In January 2020, Lipkin was awarded a medal to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the PRC. “I will cherish it as a reminder of my dear friends and colleagues in China and all we have accomplished together for the health of the Chinese people and all people around the world.”
- Ian Lipkin has a history consulting with the Chinese Communist Party. According to a June 2018 Beijing public lecture event page: "Professor Lipkin continues to consult with the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chinese Academy of Science, and the Ministry of Health to better respond to infectious diseases.
To further demonstrate close relationships, the outlet points out the high praise Dr. Anthony Fauci gave Lipkin in a 2010 New York Times article.
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