Disinfo: Thousands of Belgian medics demand to stop the COVID-19 hysteria

Summary

Belgian scientists and doctors wrote an open letter to the government, asking to stop the COVID-19 hysteria.

The Belgian doctors asked their government to investigate the role of the WHO in causing the “infodemic” – informational epidemics.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about COVID-19.

The alleged letter of the Belgian doctors was published on the ru-an.info website, and later reprinted in Lithuanian sources. Neither of the outlets provide an original link to the alleged letter.

Several dozen of Belgian medics, lawyers and economists indeed wrote an open letter to the Belgian government in August, calling among other things for a multidisciplinary approach to handle the pandemic, scientifically sound, rational and proportional crisis management, ensuring that all the measures correspond to the Belgian Constitution.

The actual letter did not call the COVID-19 pandemic a hysteria, nor put the position of the World Health Organisation in question.

See related examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation, alleging that the coronavirus is a global scam designed by the WHO; that social distancing is globalism's latest attempt to destroy the family; that the WHO has no right to call COVID-19 a pandemic.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Belgium
  • Keywords: coronavirus

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