Disinfo: America should reveal its role in producing coronavirus

Summary

Washington should reveal its role in producing and spreading the coronavirus.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. There is no evidence that suggests that the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is an American product.

The virus was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading with new cases being reported in almost every country around the world, including the United States, causing 191127 confirmed cases and 7807 deaths spread in 177 countries/territories/areas up until 18 March 2020.

Furthermore, a group of 27 prominent public health scientists, "strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin", and they “overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife,” just like many other viruses that have recently emerged in humans. no to mention that the esteemed Nature magazine, published a study that concurs that “two scenarios that can plausibly explain the origin of SARS-CoV-2: (i) natural selection in an animal host before zoonotic transfer; and (ii) natural selection in humans following zoonotic transfer”.

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  • Reported in: Issue191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Virus / bacteria threat, Biological weapons, Conspiracy

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Coronavirus: US biological warfare against Iran and China

There are many indications that US, after targeting China, now is carrying out biological warfare against Iran.  The most important of these indications is that the type of Coronavirus circulating in Iran is different from the Chinese one.

The Coronavirus that appeared in China only infected Chinese genes and, while Iran’s coronavirus worked on the Iranian genes.  For example, the Indian genes were not affected by the coronavirus found in China and Iran. Those who caught the virus in European countries have genes similar to the Iranians and the Chinese.

The cause of the virus is the presence of an American military delegation involved in the military games, which were held in Wuhan.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus.

The claim about the presence of two separate types of Covid-19 comes from an Iranian narrative which was broadcast prior to the 9th of March, most notably by Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki who said that "there is a variation between the Coronavirus spreading in Iran and the one spreading in Wuhan, China".

Coronavirus is a biological weapon

Coronavirus is a biological weapon and is distributed in the world primarily through artificial means. And then, through people infected with it, it is transmitted to others. If coronavirus is the result of the fact that in China “they eat something wrong,” it turns out that they eat wrong also in Italy.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about coronavirus as a biological weapon, 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, can be found here.

No evidence is given. According to the World Health Organisation, 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.

European solidarity does not exist

The ban on exports of medicines and equipment from the European Union, introduced due to coronavirus, shows that European solidarity does not exist.

Disproof

This message claims inefficient governance in the EU and is consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the EU's and other Western states' inability to deal with a crisis, and divisions in alliances.

However, The European Commission already announced that it will use all the instruments at its disposal to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic. Across the European Union, countries, regions and cities are helping their neighbours with the treatment of patients, protection of health workers and repatriation of the citizens amongst others. More about the European response to the outbreak can be found here.