Disinfo: Part of the virus is specifically built for Iran using the genetic data of Iranians

Summary

People of Armenia must, one more time, go deep into the phrase uttered by the Supreme Leader of Iran: “Part of the virus is specifically built for Iran using the genetic data of Iranians, which they have obtained through different means.” That directly proves the United States’ illegal actions in the territories of other countries.

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Media outlet amplifies disinformation claims and misleads the Armenian audience.. The author does not bring any pieces of evidence to back this claim.

This article quotes the words of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who refused American assistance to fight the new coronavirus citing a conspiracy theory claiming it could be man-made by the US government. He also alleged the virus "is specifically built for Iran using the genetic data of Iranians, which they have obtained through different means. You might send people as doctors and therapists, maybe they would want to come here and see the effect of the poison they have produced in person," Khamenei said.

There is no scientific proof offered anywhere in the world to support Khamenei’s comments.

The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS. For accurate and up-to-date data on the spread of COVID-19, see the information provided by the European Centre for Disease Control or the World Health Organisation.

See other cases claiming that Coronavirus is psychological warfare against enemies like China and Iran, or that coronavirus might easily be a US bacteriological weapon and an ethnic biological weapon.

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  • Reported in: Issue 192
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: Iran, Armenia, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Biological weapons, Conspiracy

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Europe is on the verge of a new split. European values are turning into ashes scattered through the empty streets of Italian cities. EU flags are burned in Italian courtyards and defiantly removed from the offices of deputies of the Italian parliament.

At the same time, no word was heard from the high tribunes in Brussels about helping the Apennine Peninsula. France sent an emergency plane for sick old people of Lombardy. Germany sent a resuscitation team to Milan. Where is all this? This is not and never was. But there is a statement by IMF Director Christine Lagarde, who decided not to lower interest rates on Italy’s debts to the European Union.

The great crises reveal the nature of people and states: the EU is trying to finish off Italy. Italian Prime Minister Conte proposed that the EU shares responsibility amid the pandemic and issues the so-called “coronabond,” bonds that all countries would support together. Spain agreed. But the process is hindered by wealthy Germany and France. Europe is drowning. And on board of this “Titanic”, passengers are divided into first and second class.

Brussels will now take advantage of the situation and try to drive Italy, like Greece, into debt so that in the future it will show greater flexibility and loyalty to Brussels. Because recently Italy has been marked by seditious ideas such as lifting sanctions against Russia.

The collapse in hospitals happened precisely because the EU demanded that the country optimises its medicine, there are only five thousand mechanical ventilation devices for 60 million Italians.

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These statements are untrue. EU member states have sent aid to Italy as follows.

France and Germany have delivered 2 million masks and tens of thousands of gowns to Italy, and French president Emmanuel Macron announced that this is just the start. As announced by Reuters, German hospitals with spare capacity welcomed their first coronavirus patients from Italy on March 24th. At the same time, some French patients with coronavirus are to be sent to the Czech Republic, since the country suffers itself from the pandemic and the Czech Republic has the possibility to accept patients

COVID-19 brings attention to US secret laboratories on the borders of Russia and China

If some time ago Beijing’s claims that US troops may have brought COVID-19 to China were seen as conspiracy theories, today most politicians all over the world started talking about their legitimacy. The US is known for its alarming activity in sponsoring laboratories of biological weapons, mostly in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Georgia. In this (latter) country, we found one of the most prominent, the Lugar Lab, which is studying dangerous infectious diseases but hides the true reasons of its investigations, which can point to an eventual development of biological weapons. Available data suggests that the main targets of the US bacteriological threat are Russia and continental China. A Russian diplomatic source told journalists that it would be good if instead of playing propagandistic games around coronavirus, the US would clarify the purpose of its laboratories located near Russia and China.

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Recurrent Kremlin-led conspiracy theory not supported by any evidence. The mention to the Lugar Lab is significant, since this facility is a frequent target of Russian disinformation.

The Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research is a facility of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), which became operational in August 2013. The Lugar centre is a top-tiered institution in NCDC’s laboratory network and serves as a reference laboratory for Georgia’s public health system. Read more about Lugar lab on Myth Detector.

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This claim exploits the coronavirus pandemic to push a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU's alleged imminent collapse.

One of the main pro-Kremlin narratives relating to the pandemic is that the EU is failing to cope with the COVID-19 crisis and, as a result, is disintegrating, together with the border-free Schengen area. In particular, this narrative of failure and lack of EU solidarity is trending after the delivery of Russian aid to Italy.