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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • 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.

No evidence Russian media is accusing the US of inventing coronavirus

Some are accusing Russia of promoting fake news. One of the hypotheses circulating intensively these days is that the United States is behind the spread of the coronavirus, as a result of the presence of American laboratories that manufacture this biological weapon, and that the US wants to hit China economically. Russia is accused of propagating this information, and the US State Department issued a statement accusing Russia in this regard .

There is no evidence that this information was invented by Russia. Any information without any evidence or proof is fake news. After analysing the Russian media outlets, blogs and news agency, we did not find any talk accusing the US [of having invented the virus].

Disproof

Russian media outlets (both official and unofficial) have been actively propagating the theory that coronavirus was man-made in US labs to destroy the Chinese economy and harm Russia's allies as documented in our database.

The pro-Kremlin media have presented the coronavirus as a tool of Western imperialism on many occasions as can be seen from the following examples presenting it as an American biological weapon against China and other countries, an instrument of the West’s information war and even a tool of hybrid warfare waged by shadowy “world centres”.