‘It’s Going to Be Catastrophic’

(DCWatchdog.com) – Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Robert Redfield is warning Americans to brace for the next pandemic, which he believes “is going to be more catastrophic” than COVID-19.

Redfield, a virologist still treating COVID patients, led the CDC’s initial response to the pandemic and was on the White House Coronavirus Task Force under former President Donald Trump.

“We are going to have another pandemic,” Redfield said. “I do believe it’s going to be much more catastrophic than the COVID pandemic.”

Moreover, Redfield thinks the next pandemic could be the bird flu, also known as H5N1. Its death rate is much higher than COVID’s, as 52% of the 888 people infected with H5N1 since 2003 have died.

“COVID’s mortality was about 0.6%,” Redfield explained. “Bird flu’s mortality is going to be north of 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%. It’s going to be catastrophic.”

Over 100 million chickens and turkeys in the U.S. are already infected, and bird flu has also spread to 27 different mammals. While the risk of human infection is low right now, another mishap like the COVID lab leak could quickly change that.

“This is why I’ve called for a moratorium on gain-of-function research until we can have a broader public debate about it,” he said.

Redfield served on a commission by The Heritage Foundation that criticized China’s COVID-19 cover-up. The commission, which recently released its report, blamed China for hiding the truth about the pandemic’s origin and causing widespread damage and death.

The virologist stated that COVID was a test case for why Americans do not want to do gain-of-function research, as he does not think it was worth 28 million lives. He also said the COVID pandemic was a direct consequence of science and the arrogance that science had that nothing could go wrong.

In turn, Redfield criticized China for not warning others about COVID-19 when it first appeared in the summer of 2019. The consequences, he said, were deadly. Over 28 million people worldwide have died from COVID-19, including 1.1 million in the United States.

The commission calculated the U.S. economic damages at a staggering $18 trillion. It also recommends a national security review of U.S.-China scientific collaborations and a deeper investigation into COVID-19’s origins.

Additionally, it suggested that Congress amend the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to let U.S. courts handle cases brought by American citizens seeking monetary damages from China.

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