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False Claim: 'Plandemic' Video On COVID-19

Sunday 17 May 2020


From international news outlet Reuters:


Reuters Fact Check
Reuters Fact Check.
(REUTERS/Axel Schmidt)

False claim: ‘Plandemic’ video on COVID-19

Reuters Fact Check
May 16, 2020
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A number of Facebook posts share sections of a documentary dubbed Plandemic that contains an interview with Dr Judy Mikovits. The full 26-minute video has been removed from several social media platforms including Facebook and YouTube because some of it was found to contain potentially harmful medical misinformation.

The interview with Mikovits, (here), conducted by filmmaker Mikki Willis, contains a series of claims about COVID-19 and the American scientific establishment.

Mikovits is a scientist who gained prominence for a 2009 paper claiming to prove that a virus played a role in chronic fatigue syndrome (here). The journal Science retracted the paper two years later, saying it had lost confidence in the report and the validity of its conclusions after a number of teams were unable to replicate the findings (here).

This fact check article will focus on a selection of quotes from Mikovits directly related to COVID-19. It does not evaluate all the points she makes and it does not address quotes from other people who appear in the video.

First, Mikovits states that the virus that causes COVID-19 “occurred” from SARS 1 and was not naturally occurring. This is false.


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