Disinfo: Coronavirus is a biological weapon created artificially

Summary

Coronavirus was created artificially and is a biological weapon. Researchers from India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University released a study, according to which COVID-19 contained HIV “insertions” and showed signs of being created in a lab. Since it is a new virus, Indian scientists concluded that the United States created COVID-19 to strike an economic blow against China.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV also known as coronavirus, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons. There is no evidence that the novel coronavirus was bioengineered and genetic observations indicate that it came from an animal. Since the paper lacked substantiation, the authors soon voluntarily withdrew it. Factcheck.org has verified the information about the study. The paper by Indian scientists, which was posted on the website bioRxiv on January 31, claimed to have identified very short “insertions” in the virus’ protein sequence that had an “uncanny similarity” to HIV. Numerous scientists, however, almost immediately pointed out to the flaws in the analysis, noting that the sequences are so short, they match a bevy of other organisms and there is no reason to conclude they derive from HIV. Foreign Affairs also writes about groundless conspiracy theories and false findings that were not confirmed by the study conducted in India.

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  • Reported in: Issue 189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/03/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Georgian, Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory
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There are reasons to suspect that coronavirus is a US biological weapon

There are more than enough reasons for suspicions that the coronavirus is a US biological weapon. The time and place are too well-chosen to be a coincidence.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction. There are numerous similar disinformation cases about coronavirus claiming that this virus is a US provocation against China, Coronavirus is a tool to weaken the Chinese economy, Coronavirus is an attempt by the Anglo-Saxons to control China.

The US power elite is using the coronavirus as a biological weapon in order to reduce the world’s population

The coronavirus is a US biological weapon. Both the beneficiaries of biological weapons (financial speculators) and the managers of such weapons are in the US. The US elite possesses a complete arsenal of biological weapons. The use of these weapons is an aspect of US hybrid warfare against economic sectors that the Americans do not control. The US elite itself is safe from this virus. At the same time, it is armed not only with information technology, but also with biological weapons and with an enormous arsenal to manipulate International financial markets. Primitive Malthusian ideas prevail among the US élite: the idea that the planet cannot survive with such a high population is constantly repeated. People of the “yellow race” are victims of the virus (China, Japan, Korea). In Europe, the victims are mostly the elderly, that is, people with reduced immunity, who are traditionally viewed as “dead weight” by the US elites’ money-dominated ideology.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is presented to support the article’s claims. Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the 2019-nCoV 2019-nCoV coronavirus, that claims the virus was created by the US as a biological weapon, as well as recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the secret elites, “globalist elites” and “shadow governments” that manipulate global politics, economics and finance, robbing nations of their sovereignty and identity, crushing economies and threatening traditional values. The current coronavirus (2019-nCoV) 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 Asian-Pacific region a well as Europe, North America and the Middle East. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed or disseminated artificially. Read similar disinformation cases claiming that the US is behind the spread of Coronavirus, that the US military might have released the coronavirus to challenge China and that coronavirus is a new US biological weapon against China.