Disinfo: Pentagon-funded biological laboratories involved in creation of Coronavirus

Summary

Officials and media outlets have doubts about Pentagon-funded biological laboratories. American laboratories can be involved in creation of Coronavirus.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons. The narratives also resemble a recurring conspiracy theory about the Lugar Lab in Georgia.

The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially in a laboratory as a weapon of mass destruction. A group of 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.

There are numerous similar disinformation cases about coronavirus claiming that Coronavirus was created in a laboratory, or that Coronavirus an Anglo-Saxon biological warning: originates in US labs, is a US provocation against ChinaCoronavirus is a tool to weaken the Chinese economyCoronavirus is an attempt by the Anglo-Saxons to control China.

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: Armenia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Lugar Laboratory, laboratory, Biological weapons
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Coronavirus was developed in a laboratory; it has HIV inserts

In India [researchers] have decoded the coronavirus genome. What did they find? On the surface [of the virus] there is a protein, a glycoprotein, and there are four HIV inserts. This is key. (…) It could not have happened naturally. These inserts could only be created in a laboratory.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. One of many recurring Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus is man-made.

COVID-19 is not a biological weapon. A recent analysis of the genome sequence of SARS-CoV-2 virus found no evidence that it was developed artificially in a lab or otherwise engineered. The virus comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading across the world. The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 300,000 globally with over 14,000 deaths by 23 March 2020. Cases have been reported in 190 countries, territories and areas.

Response measures to coronavirus demonstrate the decline of the US and the EU

Response measures to the spread of COVID-19 demonstrate that NATO countries will lose in the global competition and in case of serious external threat, NATO countries will quarrel. Three conclusions can be drawn from the spread of coronavirus. First, the US will betray Europe at the earliest opportunity, they will not defend the Baltic states in case of military aggression. Second, the EU will collapse. Deep divisions among EU countries will become even deeper after the coronavirus. The EU’s migration crisis pushed the UK towards Brexit, similarly the absence of solidarity in combating coronavirus may provoke Italy’s exit from the EU. Third, Russia and China turn out to be more successful than the US and the EU. The latter’s status of promised land is turning into an exclusion zone. Russia and many non-Western countries proved to be more effective in addressing new threats. This means that the West’s global role will decrease even faster than before.

Disproof

Attempt to discredit the NATO, US, and the EU. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the imminent collapse of the EU and other Western states and organisations and the US as an unreliable ally which does not care about the Baltic states. Read our past analysis 5 Common Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Narratives to learn more about this and the other most frequent propagandistic narratives.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the U.S. will easily betray the Baltic states and hand them over to Russia, that Italy, Spain, Portugal, and possibly even France are in line to exit the EU, that a number of EU countries teeter on the brink of default, and that the EU is rotten and countries are leaving it.

Coronavirus is a nail in the coffin of the EU

This (the situation caused by the coronavirus) is certainly the nail in the coffin of the European Union as an idea and a system. Where is the mutual assistance between EU states? Where are the measures that should quickly and effectively stop the spreading of this pandemic from one country to another? Italians are so furious. They hoped that EU neighbours would help them, but they are being stamped down. They were put in a position where doctors must choose who lives and who dies. (…) Eastern Europe is simply left to its own devices.

Disproof

This claim exploits the coronavirus pandemic to push a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU's alleged imminent collapse. It also aims to pit EU member states against each other in an attempt to undermine European solidarity - another recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation tactic. There is no evidence to support the doomsday claim that the pandemic is resulting in the death or obsolescence of the EU.

To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak, applied the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a EUR 37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector.