Disinfo: Original source of COVID-19 is an American military biological warfare laboratory

Summary

The original source of the COVID-19 virus is the American military biological warfare laboratory at Fort Detrick.

Disproof

Conspiracy theories about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, there is no evidence to suggest that the virus is being used as a weapon against other states or that is was fabricated inside laboratories.

This Coronavirus comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS, and the medical Journal “Emerging Microbes & Infections” specifically said there is “No credible evidence supporting claims of the laboratory engineering”.

In August 2019, a US Army laboratory at Fort Detrick, in the state of Maryland, that studies deadly infectious material and cures for diseases such as Ebola and smallpox was shut down for a period of time after a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) inspection that occurred in June. It was partially reopened in December 2019, and is now helping in the fight against Covid-19.  

The suspension was due to multiple causes, including a failure to follow local procedures and a lack of periodic recertification training for workers in the biocontainment laboratories. The wastewater decontamination system of the lab also failed to meet standards set by the Federal Select Agent Program.

You can see other examples of this narrative in our database, such as claims that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring the coronavirus, that it is a UK, US or NATO creation and that the Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profit, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: English, Arabic
  • Country: Iran, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Virus / bacteria threat, Biological weapons, Conspiracy

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Disproof

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COVID-19 pandemic is bacteriological warfare to remake the world

This [the COVID-19 pandemic] is a bacteriological war. Not everything is so simple, that it is not a natural virus. This is all done for revision of the world, but something went wrong.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative that the coronavirus pandemic and the virus that caused it is man-made.

COVID-19 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, with cases being reported in 190 countries, territories and areas. The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 400,000 globally with over 18,000 deaths (with 6,820 in Italy alone) by 25 March 2020.

Ukrainian police desperate to catch hundreds of people possibly infected with coronavirus

In Kyiv, police tried catching hundreds of people who might be infected with coronavirus. On March 24, a train from Riga arrived in the Ukrainian capital. There were around 700 passengers in the train and many of them had a fever. The police cordoned off the platform and the doctors were prepared to take people to the hospital, but passengers rushed around the corner to the exit

Disproof

Disinformation surrounding the coronavirus.

The Security Service of Ukraine said that all passengers from the Riga-Kyiv train underwent a temperature screening. The health conditions of 5 passengers raised additional questions from the doctors, so they did rapid tests for coronavirus infection. However, the results of the express tests were negative," the SSU noted.