Disinfo: Coronavirus might be US bacteriological weapon against China

Summary

Mutation, secret laboratory or provocation: where does Coronavirus come from? Spreading Coronavirus is in the interest of the USA because American laboratories are operating not only around Russia but in the surroundings of Asian countries. One of them is Lugar Lab.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the biological weapons and Lugar Lab.

The claim contains other conspiracy theories, claiming that Americans want to exterminate Chinese people from inside; coronavirus was created artificially, and that spreading Coronavirus is in the interest of American pharmaceutical corporations.

According to the BBC, the coronavirus could have been passed to humans from animals. For example, a similar virus, SARS, which broke out in China in 2002-2003, was spread from bats, killing around 800 people.

Read similar disinformation cases: the US prepares biological weapons against Russia, the US is constructing secret biological labs.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, Georgia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Lugar Laboratory
  • Outlet: REN TV
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Coronavirus might be a biological weapon

It is not a coincidence that are now hearing that the new coronavirus is artificially made and is a biological weapon.

2 years ago Wuhan university opened a high-security biological lab, that researched the most dangerous pathogens in the world. It is possible that the virus escaped the lab. But even more likely version is that the virus was brought from the outside. American corporations stand to gain from the virus. America itself could benefit, the US is the only country that has 400 military biological labs, not only around Russia, but also around China.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the China coronavirus.

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. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.

US technology is behind the outbreak of the corona virus – it’s just business

There is a parallel between the Corona virus outbreak and the other outbreaks of infectious diseases that occur all over the world. The US has laboratories in every corner of the world. Hence – American technology and virus outbreaks – are just business and no one cares about the consequences for ordinary people.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the China coronavirus and hinting on the Lugar laboratory in Georgia. See more here. 

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. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.

The China coronavirus looks like a US set up

The China coronavirus looks like a set up.

US is practicing dual-use biotechnologies, which can treat, but can also kill. American corporations could benefit from this, they are developing new diseases just for profit.

An example of a US laboratory where deadly diseases are developed is Lugar Laboratory, in Georgia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the China coronavirus and the Lugar laboratory in Georgia. See more here. 

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. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.