The Department of Homeland Security of the United States said that Russian, Chinese and Iranian media were spreading false information about coronavirus infection and vaccines against it. This is reported in the published on the site departments report on current US terrorist threats.
It is noted that “states from among the opponents of the United States have intensified their attempts to sow discord.” However, the statement does not provide evidence for these charges.
CNN, citing sources in the administration of US President Joseph Biden, reported that the agency regularly receives reports from intelligence services indicating Russia’s attempts to influence the US elections in 2022.
Russia has been accused of trying to “spread disinformation on social media” and escalating propaganda in the United States media. According to the TV channel, Moscow intends to use internal divisions in the country over vaccines and masks to increase discord in American society. Sources warn the president that Moscow’s activities have become “more sophisticated than attempting to [повлиять на выборы] in 2016 “.
US President Joe Biden said that social networks, allowing the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus, are killing people. He stated that about 45 percent of all fakes come from 12 people who post on Facebook.
President of the United States in May 2021 instructed the country’s intelligence community to study more closely the version of the laboratory origin of the virus.
On August 2, GOP members from the U.S. House of Representatives released a report citing evidence of a coronavirus leak from a laboratory in Wuhan. The Republican report was based on information from open sources. The authors of the document also called on the US government to impose sanctions against scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Some health officials believe such an investigation is an important step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, other experts believe that it is too early to draw definite conclusions about the origin of the coronavirus.
At the end of March, WHO released a report on the results of a trip to Wuhan, China, in order to find out the origin of the coronavirus. The report says the pandemic is most likely not the result of a laboratory leak.
However, in July, WHO Director General Tedros Adan Ghebreyesus admitted a version of the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, in which it is assumed to be leaked from the laboratory. He stated that the international community prematurely abandoned such a theory of the origin of the virus. He also called on the Chinese authorities to be more transparent in their investigation of the matter.
The former chief sanitary doctor of Russia, the first deputy chairman of the State Duma committee on education and science, Gennady Onishchenko, said that it was impossible to prove in any way the artificial origin of the coronavirus.
According to him, there is no tool left in the world that would oblige countries to share information about what is happening in laboratories.
Commenting on the suggestion of Gebreyesus, who said that the spread of the coronavirus could be the result of an emergency in the laboratory, Onishchenko said that the WHO director general is “not an expert in this area” to make such statements.