Disinfo: Coronavirus chooses difficult countries

Summary

Coronovirus exhibits strange behaviour, choosing difficult countries. For example, China, Iran. But why Italy? In Italy there is the Pope in Rome, and a sneeze from him causes panic. The task of the spread of the virus is to slow down the growth rate of the world economy and freeze the world economy. Freezing the world economy through China is more effective.

Disproof

Conspiracy theories about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. 

There is no evidence that suggests that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is used as a weapon against certain states. It comes from a family of viruses that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading with new cases being reported in the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, North America and the Middle East, causing 4000 deaths by 10 March 2020.Coronavirus is detected in more than 110 countries all over the world.

Fear over Coronavirus has affected not only Chinese but also global stock markets.

You can see other examples in our database, such as claims that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring it, that it is a UKUS 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, or that Coronavirus is a tool to weaken Chinese economy, Coronavirus is an attempt by the Anglo-Saxons to control China.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 187
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: Italy, Iran, China
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, economy, Biological weapons
  • Outlet: Aravot.am
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Empty chairs for MH17 victims outside Russia’s Hague Embassy: It’s a fake

The so-called “action”, where relatives of victims of the crash allegedly brought 298 white chairs to the building of the Russian Consulate has nothing to do with reality. This is part of anti-Russian hysteria in the media, with describing an event at which the journalists themselves have not been. Even the building of the Russian consulate is not visible in the the photos.

There are just some chairs standing on the lawn, and it’s not a fact that there are 298 of them. That’s how fakes appear.

Disproof

In fact, the action took place in front of the Russia's Hague Embassy, not the consulate. The chairs were laid out in rows like seats in an airplane and represented the victims who died when a Buk missile fired from territory held by pro-Russia separatist rebels shot down the flight MH17 on July 17, 2014.

The action was observed by international journalists and documented not only with photos, but also with videos. Embassy officials did not comment on this action.

Australian police confirmed authenticity of leaked documents about MH17

Some documents in the case of MH17 that were published by the platform Bonanza Media are authentic. This was confirmed by the press service of the Australian federal police.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the investigation of the downing of flight MH17.

The press service of the Australian Federal Police has not made any statements regarding the documents referred to by the Bonanza Media platform.

Science doubts the effectiveness of vaccines

There’s a broad base of scientific studies questioning both the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. The growing number of people filing vaccine-injury claims with the national Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) also speaks to the fact that there’s a problem, as does the scientific evidence showing industry-funded vaccine studies are riddled with bias.

Disproof

This is an anti-vaccination conspiracy theory, presented without evidence, claiming the existence of health hazards connected to vaccines.The pro-Kremlin media, as well as the St Petersburg Internet Research Agency, have a well-established track record of pushing anti-vaccination disinformation.

Vaccines are supported by extensive scientific research. They are the main tool for primary prevention of disease and one of the most cost-effective public health measures available, saving millions of people from illness, disability and death each year. Immunisation through vaccination is the best defence we have against serious, preventable, and sometimes deadly contagious diseases. Thanks to widespread vaccination, smallpox has been eradicated, Europe made polio-free, and many other diseases almost eliminated. Effective and safe vaccines, which protect against a number of serious diseases, are available and many promising new vaccines are being developed. See more information on vaccines here. The World Health Organisation has a page devoted to anti-vaccine mythbusting here.