Disinfo: Coronavirus is a biological weapon, according to scientists

Summary

The belief that the Wuhan coronavirus spread from an animal market was rejected by the World Health Organisation and now many prestigious international scientists launched the idea that virus is a result of bioengineering. Francis Boyle, creator of the 1989 ‘Law against terrorism and biological weapons’ and specialist at the University of Illinois, claimed that it is a weapon for biological war.

His claims were ignored by globalised media involved in an anti-China campaign following the guidelines of the US Department of State. Chinese pathogen QX was taken as base for the coronavirus 2019-nCoV and researched in the Wuhan BSL-4 high security lab, where not only Chinese but also US, British and Canadian biologists had access to it. Interestingly, one of the sponsors of the research was the USAID, an open collaborator of the CIA.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support any of the claims.

See related examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about coronavirus, alleging that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring it, that it is a UK, US or NATO creation and that the Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profit, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 186
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Virus / bacteria threat, USAID
  • Outlet: Sputnik Mundo
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Disproof

It is not representatives of the Democratic Party, but members of the US intelligence community and independent observers who are warning of Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2020 elections. In February 2020, US intelligence officers warned lawmakers that about Russia was to help both Donald Trump and Democratic aspiring candidate Bernie Sanders. Some of these attempts were widely documented by social media investigations company Graphika in a report published in October 2019.

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Disproof

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Western media propaganda claims that the coronavirus is a project of the Kremlin

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Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory, presented without evidence. It represents recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about alleged Western "Russophobia" and the coronavirus being a man-made tool of warfare.

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