Disinfo: The World Health Organisation never officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic

Summary

The World Health Organisation never officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the World Health Organisation (WHO) and coronavirus

It is not true that WHO never officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. On the 11th of March 2020, WHO did make the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic.

Two day later, on the 13th of March, WHO's Director-General also said that Europe had become the epicentre of the pandemic with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from the People’s Republic of China.

Read other disinfo cases claiming that WHO received orders from “above” to declare a coronavirus pandemic and that the WHO sows panic about the coronavirus

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  • Reported in: Issue 227
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Europe, China
  • Keywords: coronavirus, health, WHO

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Disproof

Disinformation about Russophobic Poland controlled from abroad, in line with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about “lost sovereignty”.

The Polish authorities have repeatedly stated that Poland is willing to improve its relations with Russia – these relations will automatically improve if Russia starts observing the regulations of international law.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about “lost sovereignty”. Poland is often presented as a “puppet-state” or "colony" of the United States. This narrative includes a message that the United States manipulates Poland and other European allies in order to carry out its anti-Russian policies.

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Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative casting Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States as countries which do not respect the history of WWII and its heroes.

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