Disinfo: Coronavirus is a new biological weapon against the Chinese

Summary

As all the world knows, the United States has inherited all methods of fascist technology for dealing with “human material” from Nazi Germany: torture, biological, climatic, and psychological weapons. And it has long been recognised by the international community that diseases such as HIV/AIDS are born in laboratories. Coronavirus is a new genetic, biological weapon. It is considered to be a weapon only against the Chinese, as China is the main economic competitor of the United States today.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the biological weapons and the Lugar Lab in Georgia. It also uses allegations of Nazism, which is a common trope in pro-Kremlin disinformation.

The coronavirus (2019-nCoV) comes from a family of viruses originating in animals 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. Coronavirus is confirmed in 110 countries, including the US.

It is also a conspiracy theory that HIV was created in a laboratory - this story is in line with one of the most famous cases of anti-American disinformation planted by the Soviet Union, Operation Infektion, which alleged that HIV was created and weaponised by the CIA. Read about the origins of HIV here.

There are numerous similar cases about the coronavirus pushed by pro-Kremlin media, for example 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 the virus is a Western tool to attack the Chinese economy, and that it is a US provocation against China.

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  • Reported in: Issue187
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Lugar Laboratory, laboratory, Biological weapons, Conspiracy, Nazi/Fascist

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Disinformation concerning nuclear issues and crime in Ukraine.

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Coronavirus is found in countries which want to cooperate with Russia

All the “fairy tales” that the Chinese are eating “everything that moves”, and that is why it all started in China now seems to be a lie. Let’s pay attention. France has suddenly begun talking about the need to liquidate NATO, and suggests forming a defence alliance with Russia.

A couple of weeks later, the coronavirus was discovered in France. Italy has officially called on the EU to drop sanctions against Russia.  And again, after a couple of weeks, they discover this virus also in Italy.

Disproof

Conspiracy theories about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. 

The 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 Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, North America and the Middle East, causing more than 3584 deaths by 08 March 2020.

US Department of Defense has a secret biological laboratory in Georgia

There is a so-called Public Health Research Centre or Lugar Laboratory in Georgia.

It is believed that this centre contains a biological laboratory belonging to the US Department of Defence. In 2015, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the Lugar Center is hosting a research centre for the United States Armed Forces.

Russian officials suspect that the US and Georgian authorities are trying to cover up the activities of this biological laboratory that examines serious epidemic diseases.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons and the Lugar Lab in Georgia.

The Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research is a facility of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), which became operational in August 2013. The Lugar centre is a top-tiered institution in NCDC’s laboratory network and serves as a reference laboratory for Georgia’s public health system.