Disinfo: Baba Vanga predicted the coronavirus

Summary

Baba Vanga have predicted the coronavirus. The well-known blind Bulgarian clairvoyant Baba Vanga predicted the spread of the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus back in the 1970s. She believed that the disease would spread from Africa, not from China.

Disproof

This is part of pro-Kremlin media, spreading systematic disinformation and confusion about the coronavirus. See a similar case about a "prediction" made by Nostradamus here. Global epidemics have spread occasionally in all of human history, with or without the "predictions" of soothsayers.

In response to the outbreak of the corona virus the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory
  • Outlet: Komsomolskaya Pravda, Moskovskij Komsomolets, RIA FAN, Utro.ru
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Disproof

Conspiracy theory, with no evidence given. This is one of the common Pro-Kremlin narratives about “Threatened Values”. The narrative is adapted to a wide range of topics and typically used to challenge progressive Western attitudes about the rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBT groups, among others.

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Bill Gates is sponsoring the coronavirus

Last year, Bill Gates said that 33 million people could die from coronavirus in 250 days.

A few months ago, the head of Microsoft held an exercise called Event 201, which simulated an outbreak of a new virus that killed 65 million people in 18 months. The idea of the teachings is simple – globalization in the name of salvation. Well-known pharmaceutical giants and the Pentagon representatives took part in this exercise. The timing of the exercise cannot be a coincidence: when the exercises were conducted, the coronavirus did not exist. It should either be Nostradamus, or a person who created it [the virus]. Therefore, these exercises directly confirm Gates’s involvement in this problem.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory and a pro-Kremlin narrative about the coronavirus and Bill Gates.

There was in fact an exercise “Event 201” that took place in October that was hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, that focused on emergency preparedness in the event of a "severe pandemic." But it didn’t make real-life predictions about death tolls.

White Helmets have arrived in Idlib province to conduct a false flag attack

Militants of the White Helmets organisation have arrived in a village in the Idlib province, presumably to conduct a false flag attack, in order to subsequently accuse the Syrian army. Chemists trained in Europe work in Idlib laboratories where toxic substances are prepared.

Disproof

This claim involves unfounded speculation, based on no supporting evidence, to smear the White Helmets, a humanitarian organisation. This case promotes recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives attempting to deflect blame for chemical attacks from the Assad regime and implicate the White Helmets instead, as well as paint the White Helmets as terrorists and blame Western governments and organisations for “false-flag attacks” in Syria.

Furthermore, there is no evidence to support the claim that chemists trained in Europe are working in Idlib laboratories preparing toxic substances. This is a conspiracy theory.