WASHINGTON (VINnews) — Former CDC Director Robert Redfield testified on Wednesday that Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Frances Collins excluded him from discussions about the origins of Covid-19.Join our WhatsApp group
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At a House subcommittee hearing, the former Trump official testified that there is strong evidence that Covid leaked from a lab, and that belief did not jibe with the narrative pushed by NIH leaders Fauci and Collins that the virus had natural origins. Redfield called the Fauci narrative “antithetical to science.”
“It was told to me that they wanted a single narrative and then I obviously had a different point of view,” Redfield testified.
Fauci called Redfield’s claims “completely untrue.”
“No one excluded anyone,” he told POLITICO. “And the idea of saying that he was not wanted there because he had a different opinion … there were several people on the call who had the opinion that it might have been an engineered virus,” said Fauci.
.@RepMalliotakis: "Why do you think you were excluded?"
Former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield: "It was told me they wanted a single narrative and that I obviously had a different point of view." pic.twitter.com/Nkt4xWZ6rf
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 8, 2023
Collins did not immediately respond to an inquiry from POLITICO.
Redfield said he was not informed about a conference call with Fauci and Jeremy Farrar, a U.K. scientist, as well as other conversations that led to an article being published in Nature, claiming that the virus did not come from a lab.
Fauci said he was not involved in the writing of that article.
Redfield testified that he was unaware that the call took place until government emails were obtained by outside sources.
“I didn’t know I was excluded,” he said. “I didn’t know there was a February 1st conference call until the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) came out with the emails, and I was quite upset as the CDC director that I was excluded. They came up with a single narrative which I will argue is antithetical to science.”