Disinfo: Coronavirus: US biological warfare against Iran and China

Summary

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".

This narrative was refuted on the 9th of March by the Ministry of Health's spokesman, Kianosh Jahanpur, who justified that the Minister was "misquoted by a member of Parliament and that this is not true and it is false and baseless".

In addition, the virus was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading across the world with thousands new cases reported globally.

Furthermore, a group of 27 prominent public health scientists, "strongly condemned conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin", and “overwhelmingly concluded that this coronavirus originated in wildlife,” just like many other viruses that have recently emerged in humans.

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: India, Iran, China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Virus / bacteria threat, Biological weapons, Conspiracy
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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.

Anti-Russian exercises might be cancelled due to the coronavirus

Coronavirus has changed the alignment in the military. NATO exercises Defender Europe failed. A cancellation of exercises planned for spring is possible. The Defender Europe 2020 exercises should be held in several European countries along the western border of Russia in April-May of this year. And they are considered anti-Russian.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West/ NATO threatening or encircling Russia and the US-led military exercise "Defender-Europe 2020". Whilst it is true that this exercise has been stopped due to coronavirus, it is untrue to say they are aimed or targeted at Russia. US Major General Andrew Rohling Deputy Commanding General for the US Army in Europe, informs that the US-led exercise "Defender 2020" is an American exercise with 18 NATO partner countries. Rohling emphasises that the aim of the exercise is not to target any country, but rather to test strategic readiness and how to react to a crisis.

See other examples of disinformation about NATO in our database, such as its never-ending provocations, its attempts to block Moscow in its sphere of influence, the Alliance's permanent targeting of Russia and Belarus, its role as a US subjugation tool for other countries and its unreliability to defend its members or its plans to continue attacking other countries.