Disinfo: American scientists created the coronavirus in 2015

Summary

There is evidence confirming that the COVID-19 virus was created by American scientists in 2015. It is reported that the United States provided China with all the information it possesses about the emerging coronavirus. In China, experts in the archive discovered an article published in 2015 in the journal Nature Medicine, confirming that US scientists have been able to obtain a new type of coronavirus, which has a direct impact on humans.

 

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative and conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus.

There is no basis to the claim that 2019-nCoV coronavirus was man-made. Volume 9 of medical Journal “Emerging Microbes & Infections” published a study in 2020 entitled “No credible evidence supporting claims of the laboratory engineering of SARS-CoV-2” in which rumours about the epidemic being constructed inside laboratories are clearly dismissed. Regarding the 2015 Nature Medicine study mentioned in the article, this is also addressed in the medical Journal as follows:

“Another claim in Chinese social media points to a Nature Medicine paper published in 2015, which reports the construction of a chimeric CoV with a bat CoV S gene (SHC014) in the backbone of a SARS CoV that has adapted to infect mice (MA15) and is capable of infecting human cells. However, this claim lacks any scientific basis and must be discounted because of significant divergence in the genetic sequence of this construct with the new SARS-CoV-2 (>5,000 nucleotides)”.

Read similar cases claiming that the US created the coronavirus in 2015 and named it SHC014 and that the USAID is a CIA-affiliated terror group that created the coronavirus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory

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