Russia is spreading messages regarding the US biolab in Ukraine and provocations using weapons of mass destruction.
In addition, Russian media claim that Ukraine deliberately infects residents of Donbass with tuberculosis and cholera. The Ministry of Health of Ukraine, with the support of the USAID project, debunked several myths of Russian propaganda, reports Ukrainian truth.
Myth 1: Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are bioweapons
Misinformation is spreading in the Russian media that Pfizer and Moderna are cutting budgets for clinical trials of their vaccines. The drugs are allegedly US bioweapons.
The corresponding agreement was signed in 2005, they say in Russia.
Neither the agreement between Ukraine and the United States provides for the conduct of “military biological experiments.”
In 2005, the Department of Health and the US Department of Defense indeed signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of preventing the spread of technologies, pathogens and knowledge that can be used in the development of biological weapons. Its essence is to counter the use of weapons and infectious diseases, and not vice versa. The document is in the public domain.
As part of the U.S. biological threat reduction program, laboratories in Ukraine have been modernized. Their activities were aimed at reducing the epidemic danger (as, for example, during the COVID-19 outbreak).
Both companies – both Pfizer and Moderna conducted clinical trials in Russia, for some reason they are mostly silent about this.
Myth 2: Ukrainian authorities infected people with tuberculosis in the Luhansk region using banknotes
Mass “infection” with tuberculosis occurred in 2020 in the Slavyanoserbsky district of the Luhansk region (part of the Luhansk region is temporarily occupied). People were allegedly infected because of counterfeit money infected with the causative agent of tuberculosis.
In November 2020, representatives of the “LPR” claimed that 100-ruble banknotes were dropped over the city of Slavyanoserbsk. And the health of those who took them deteriorated sharply.
The Ukrainians did indeed drop counterfeit money, but along with campaign postcards, in which they called on Lugansk residents to return to Ukraine. In addition, tuberculosis is transmitted by airborne droplets.
Myth 3: the collection of cholera pathogens in Mariupol is evidence of the preparation of a Ukrainian provocation using weapons of mass destruction
Before the occupation of Mariupol, biological laboratories worked in the city. They investigated and bred the causative agents of cholera.
That is why on February 25, 2022, the workers of the Mariupol laboratory allegedly destroyed the collection of pathogens, in particular, the pathogens of cholera, anthrax and tularemia.
Russia speaks of two laboratories, but indicates the name of only one of them – Mariupol.
In connection with the war, its workers stopped working. The activity of this institution was in no way connected with the creation of weapons of mass destruction.
The laboratory should monitor the circulation of infectious agents and analyze and predict their spread.
In particular, the laboratory was supposed to carry out epidemic surveillance of cholera and carry out its diagnosis. Similar centers for the control and prevention of infectious diseases operate in all regions of Ukraine.
Almost every year the causative agent of cholera is found in the reservoirs of Ukraine, so it is not surprising that the laboratories of the Ministry of Health carefully monitor the spread of this infectious disease.
Regarding the destruction of pathogens (microorganisms that cause disease) in the laboratory on February 25, 2022, it was not possible to find a letter or order from the Ministry of Health that would be confirmed.
At the same time, on March 11, 2022, WHO recommended that Ukraine destroy pathogens to prevent the leakage of dangerous pathogens as a result of hostilities. There is no evidence that Ukraine sent infectious agents to the United States.
Also, such an assumption is illogical, since the United States has its own system for monitoring and preventing infectious diseases, in particular cholera.
Myth 4: Humanitarian aid with medicines from Russia is brought to the Kherson region
Local Telegram channels write about Russian aid with medicines in the Kherson region, which comes from the Crimea, Moscow and Voronezh.
Since the beginning of the Russian occupation, the situation with medicines has been extremely difficult in the Kherson region. Now medicines are brought from the occupied Crimea and the Russian Federation, they are sold without appropriate storage conditions – from car trunks in local markets. In addition, the medicine is not certified and may be fake.
Recall, earlier it was reported that as of June 26, 689,000 Ukrainians did not receive a second dose of the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine, and more than 14 million people did not receive booster vaccinations.