Disinfo: Healthcare in the West is in terrible condition

Summary

European healthcare is in horrible condition. TV and media in the US report that the healthcare system has not been prepared to face the threat of the virus.

Disproof

This is a mix of groundless claims around COVID-19.

According to the Global Health Security Index of global health security capabilities in 195 countries, the US and EU countries have a better level of healthcare in comparison to other countries around the world. For example, Netherlands rank 3rd out of 195 countries, France - 11, Germany - 14, Spain - 15, Portugal - 20, Austria - 26, Estonia - 29, Italy - 31, Poland - 32, Hungary - 35, Czech Republic - 42. The USA is in the first place in this rating. In turn, Russia is in 63rd place.

The GHS Index assesses countries’ health security and capabilities across six categories, 34 indicators, and 85 sub-indicators. See more information about their research here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, health, European Union, The West
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal time 2:02:50 - 2:03:20
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The EU was based on the economic expansion of Germany

Everyone [in Europe] wants to live like the Germans, in exchange for freedom, sovereignty and everything. With the loss of economic prosperity, ends the utopian project called the European Union, which was based on the economic expansion of Germany, with a temporary compensation for the losses of the poor countries of the Union.

Disproof

A claim provided with no evidence. This claim promotes a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU's alleged imminent collapse and disintegration.

The European Union is a unique economic and political union between 27 EU countries that together cover much of the continent.

Armed Forces of Ukraine will cancel attack on Donbas because of coronavirus

One of the Ukrainian majors was infected with COVID-19 from his daughter, and now all the brigade is being tested. Insiders believe that, therefore, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will cancel their attack on Donbas.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine combined with baseless claims about the COVID-19.

The Ukrainian brigade that was mentioned in the news published a statement that in the past 6 years they have not had a soldier with that name, nor had anyone from the brigade contracted the virus yet. As of 12:00 on Tuesday, March 24, around the time that the article was published, not a single case of coronavirus infection of a military man or employee of the Armed forces of Ukraine was recorded, said the chief of staff - deputy commander of the Medical Forces, colonel of the medical service, Andrey Halushka.

Lithuania will become a black hole in the energy map of Europe

Latvia and Belarus are discussing the possibility of laying the electricity power lines to bypass Lithuania. The implementation of this project is spurred by the Lithuanian authorities, who intend to block access of BelAES products to consumers from third countries. To prevent a sharp jump in electricity prices, Latvia and Estonia are forced to isolate themselves from Lithuania, and not from Belarus.  If current trends continue, in a few years Lithuania risks becoming a black hole on the energy map of the Baltic states.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Lithuania and the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant in Belarus.

On 20 April 2017, the Lithuanian parliament passed a bill imposing a ban on import of electricity from Belarus' nuclear power plant in Astravets. It was reported in early February 2020 that the governments of the three Baltic nations will sign a declaration of intent to oppose electricity purchases from the Astravets NPP.