Disinfo: NATO members have been unable to deal collectively with the coronavirus pandemic

Summary

The pandemic has revealed NATO’s vulnerabilities because NATO members have been unable to deal collectively with the spread of the coronavirus. What would happen if a terrorist group used a biological or chemical weapon?

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This is part of recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the inability of NATO and the EU to assist their member states in fighting the coronavirus and about the alleged disintegration of the EU, NATO and other Western bodies.

NATO has been doing a great deal to assist all member states in the fight against COVID-19. This includes facilitating the airlift of crucial medical supplies and equipment,  matching requests for support with offers from allies and partners, setting up field hospitals. Many Allies, including the Czech Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain have benefited from this support.

The coordination and delivery of urgently needed medical supplies, such as personal protective equipment, respirators and test kits, is organised by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) following requests by Allies and partner countries.

For example, in response to Spain and Italy’s requests for assistance made through the EADRCC, the Czech Republic bilaterally provided both countries with medical supplies, including 10,000 protective medical suits each. Through the same mechanism, Turkey provided Italy and Spain with medical supplies such as masks, personal protection equipment and disinfectants.

The U.S. Government has committed $1.1 million to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in North Macedonia. North Macedonia received a field hospital donated by Norway, allowing it to double the capacity at the Infectious Disease Clinic at Skopje’s largest hospital in the fight against COVID-19.

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)  has a leading role in responding to the crisis. The NSPA provides logistics support and the organisation of transport of key supplies and equipment to Allies, partners and other international organisations. For instance, the NSPA has delivered Intensive Care Unit ventilators to Italy, personal protective equipment to Spain and medical supplies to Norway. Earlier, the NSPA had helped Luxembourg increase its hospital capacity by providing field hospital tents, mobilising equipment in less than 24 hours.

Read similar cases claiming that the coronavirus has proven the weakness of  NATO and that in the present coronavirus crisis NATO has completely exhausted the reasons for its existence.

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  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Italy
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Biological weapons, Chemical weapons/attack, NATO
  • Outlet: Geopolitica.ru
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Due to coronavirus, the West’s tolerance to Nazism and racism will increase

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The West will be more and more tolerant to historical revisionism, the review of the WWII outcomes, and ultimately the revival of Nazism and racism. China, Russia and its allies will resist these trends.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about fascist/Nazi Ukraine and Nazis in the EU.

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Coronavirus might be the US biological weapon, the US and UK may have developed a vaccine in advance

The US repeatedly tested biological weapons on their own population. The first biological attack against civil population took place in San Francisco in 1950, the truth about it was revealed in 1976. Some data points out that first coronavirus-infected people, i.e. ‘patients zero’ came to China from Hawaii. Later American soldiers arrived in Wuhan and brought the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak. Furthermore, the coronavirus outbreak began in Italy around a month before it started in Wuhan, followed by the US two weeks after Italy.

The West could not handle the novel coronavirus nor the economic crisis, therefore its societal model is under question. The statements of the US and the UK that they are approaching the creation of the vaccine mean that it had been elaborated by them in advance because the whole process takes at least a year. The beneficiary is the one who will create the vaccine first. If capital can get 300 percent profit there is not a crime at which it will scruple, Karl Marx said.

Disproof

This is a mix of conspiracies about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus aimed to present the novel coronavirus as the US / UK biological weapon. It also promotes the disinformation narrative that the EU / West is collapsing as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

There is no evidence to suggest that the virus is being used as a weapon against other states or that is was fabricated inside laboratories. The US Navy indeed carried out a germ warfare testing program from 1949 to 1969, which included a biological weapon trial in San Francisco in 1950, the latter potentially caused at least one death. The trial's aim was to determine the susceptibility of a big city like San Francisco to a bioweapon attack by terrorists, and at that time the US military thought that Serratia bacteria could not harm humans. This dark chapter in US history does not imply, however, that the novel coronavirus was elaborated by the US.