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Are the claims made in the ‘Plandemic’ video documentary true?
False. Several of the key claims made in the video have already been disproved.
In recent weeks, a 26-minute documentary titled, ‘Plandemic: The Hidden Agenda Behind COVID-19,’ has flashed across social media platforms. The video is a deep-dive into a number of conspiracy theories around COVID-19 and the underhand role of the pharmaceutical industry in the current crisis.
The main bulk of the video is an interview with Judy Mikovits, a former chronic fatigue researcher with a track record for propagating conspiracy theories. The video makes a number of claims each with varying degrees of mistruths and falsehoods.
The opening part of the video focuses against Dr Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, USA. It claims that Dr Fauci worked with other doctors in the 1980s to ‘take credit and make money’ from the AIDS epidemic. However, the claims were totally unfounded and when pressed by journalists since the launch of the video, Ms Mikovits had no evidence to support this claim.
Ms Mikovits also claims COVID-19 was ‘manipulated’ in a laboratory and not ‘naturally occurring.’ In truth, while the exact origin of coronavirus is not known, scientists have strongly indicated it was not created in a laboratory or manipulated. For more information about whether the virus was leaked from a Chinese laboratory, please see our previous article on this story.
Ms Mikovits also claims that those who have had flu vaccines have been injected with coronaviruses. This statement has been proven to be incorrect by a number of highly regarded academic sources. Dr Paul Offit, Director, Vaccine Education Centre, Philidelphia, USA, has said her claims are simply not true, while research from Nature Medicine has since debunked the theory.
Ms Mikovits argues that ‘the flu vaccines increase the odds by 36% of getting COVID-19.’ However, no clinically approved study has made the link between the flu shot and the elevated risk for COVID-19.
As for treatments, the video asserts that antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine is ‘the most effective medication to treat’ COVID-19. Ms Mikovits says hydroxychloroquine is ‘effective against these families of viruses,’ referring to the family of coronaviruses, such as COVID-19, but governments are ‘keeping it from people.’ However, clinical research shows there is insufficient data to recommend either for or against using chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19.
Nature Medicine, ‘The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2’
University of Sydney, ‘Statement from Prof Edward Holmes on the SARS-CoV-2 virus’
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ‘How Influenza (Flu) Vaccines Are Made’
Science Direct, ‘Influenza vaccination and respiratory virus interference among Department of Defense personnel during the 2017–2018 influenza season’
Factcheck.org, ‘No Evidence That Flu Shot Increases Risk of COVID-19’