Hmmm. It’s very human to deny responsibility; for oneself, and for one’s colleagues or profession.
I think that many successful and senior scientists would rather not be told that to continue their more dangerous research, they could no longer work nine to five in major cosmopolitan city centres, but from now on they and all their staff must live in for three month periods in some remote facility; two months of work followed by one month of quarantine.
I’m not saying that they are consciously thinking this and deliberately misleading others. I think that, there having been so many lab escapes, this is lurking at the back of their minds and they lapse into ordinary, common, and very human denial; “oh, what we do is perfectly safe”. But it isn’t.