Disinfo: World Bank has set the deadline for the pandemic

Summary

In the official document of the World Bank, a deadline is set for the coronavirus pandemic. They know the exact date when the pandemic will die down.

Disproof

A recurring conspiracy theory on the coronavirus in an attempt to portray the current pandemic to be caused artificially and by the Western institutions.

The World Bank’s document referred to in the claim was created on April 2, 2020, as a first set of emergency support for developing countries around the world for coronavirus response. The World Bank’s document consists of strategies and a scheduled step-by-step plan that comprises projects that run until 2025 to deal with the damage caused by Covid-19. The expected closing date for all planned and scheduled projects was indicated to be 2025. The document does not state the date for the end of the pandemic.

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  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Georgian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, World Bank, West
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Disproof

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Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative to hide the truth about Ukraine, the Crimea, and the North Crimean Canal.

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Disproof

The story is part of an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative seeking to delegitimise the conduct and results of the 2020 US presidential election.

The OSCE report referred to in the segment noted that President Trump had issued warnings of large-scale falsification "without presenting any substantial evidence of systematic malfeasance and contradicting election officials at all levels" (p. 3), and that "[i]n contrast to these allegations, national security agencies issued statements attempting to reassure citizens about the integrity of the election process" (p. 11).