Disinfo: Coronavirus was created in a laboratory

Summary

Coronavirus is created in a laboratory. “COVID-19 has been “collected” from the bat coronavirus, snake coronavirus and the glycoprotein component of HIV. Such a combination cannot occur in nature. The United States should allow international observers to enter its laboratories. Оtherwise, they would be the first to be suspected of developing the coronavirus. There are well known laboratory-borne infections like avian flu, coronavirus, Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome.

Disproof

Recurring conspiracy theories that echo pro-Kremlin disinformation about coronavirus. The narratives also resemble a recurring conspiracy theory about the Lugar Lab in Georgia.

There is no evidence that SARS, MERS, or avian influenzas were created in laboratories.

The current coronavirus (2019-nCoV) comes from a family of viruses that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. The identity of the animal source of the coronavirus, named nCoV-2019, has been one of the key questions for researchers. Coronaviruses are known to circulate in mammals and birds, and scientists have already suggested that nCoV-2019 originally came from bats. One of the previous coronaviruses that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, spread from bats to civet cats to humans.

A group of 27 prominent public health scientists have condemned rumours and conspiracy theories about the origin of coronavirus outbreak. "We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.The authors of The Lancet statement note that scientists from several countries who have studied SARS-CoV-2 “overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife, just like many other viruses that have recently emerged in humans. Conspiracy theories do nothing but create fear, rumours and prejudice that jeopardise our global collaboration in the fight against this virus, the statement says.

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  • Reported in: Issue188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Lugar Laboratory, laboratory, Biological weapons
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Coronavirus – artificially created biological weapon

If we take each chain separately from what is happening now, then the main thing will become clear – everything is man-made, starting with the coronavirus. And if you invite bioengineers, they will be able to tell how this strain is synthesized. Moreover, it is well known that only one country can do this. And it is the country that has an extensive network of secret biological laboratories around the world, including in Ukraine.

Americans are testing viruses with might and main on our, in fact, compatriots. So they have a full arsenal of biological weapons. What is happening today, we discussed with you a year ago, and two, and three, and four, we all foresaw this. And this manifestation of the US hybrid warfare against the economic sectors they do not control is perfectly understandable and logical.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about coronavirus as a biological weapon against China, also in line with narrative claiming that Americans have secret biological laboratories in many countries. A similar case, claiming that COVID-19 is a part of the hybrid war against China, read here.

No evidence is given. According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Researches done so far show that it is a virus named ”zoonotic”, meaning it is transmitted between animals and people. Read more about Coronavirus find here.

Dutch intelligence found no trace of the Buk antiaircraft missile

Dutch military intelligence has found no trace of the Buk antiaircraft missile capable of shooting down MH17 near the crash zone.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the International Joint Investigation (JIT) into the downing of flight MH17. These narratives have resurfaced due to start of the trial in the Netherlands on 9th March 2020. On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, the Dutch Public Prosecution service will prosecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of MH17 and murdering the 298 persons on board.

In September 2016, the JIT disclosed that MH17 was downed with a BUK missile of the 9M38 series. In Eastern Ukraine, two parts of such a missile were found. These parts are the so-called ‘venturi’ and the ‘casing’. This regards, on the one hand, the exhaust of the missile (venturi) and, on the other hand, the casing of the missile engine (casing). The missile engine’s casing shows the number 9 д 1318869032. The JIT-investigation found that 9д 131 relates to the number of the missile engine of the 9M38 type and/or 9M38M1 type. The number 8 is the manufacturer’s code, namely: the Dolgoprudny Research and Manufacturing Enterprise in Moscow. The number 86 indicates the year of production, namely 1986. And the number 9032 is the unique identification number of this specific missile engine.

Closer cooperation with Europe turned into a catastrophe for Ukraine

As for Europe, it has already closed its borders; it does not need Ukraine. We all saw the consequences of the Maidan and what Ukraine turned into after the signing of these European integration documents: enterprises were closed and state property has been privatised in large numbers.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative targeting EU-Ukraine cooperation. It is also consistent with previous narratives alleging that the Euromaidan is one of many colour revolutions prepared by the West and the EU.

The EU is the largest donor to Ukraine. Since 2014, the EU has provided Ukraine with billions of Euros of assistance. On average, the EU has given Ukraine €650 million. From 2014 to 2017, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development provided an additional €3.5 billion. In general, the EU has funded projects in the humanitarian field, provided assistance to stabilise the macro-financial situation, given grants and loans for capacity building, energy reforms and fighting against corruption.