Fake information about a cure for Coronavirus is still being disseminated in the Georgian media. News agencies Alia.ge and Tvalsazrisi.ge published interviews with Georgian doctors on March 4 and March 9, respectively, where they claimed to have had created a medicine to treat COVID-19.
The information about the Georgian doctors creating a cure for Coronavirus is a lie. According to the information by the World Health Organization, there is so far no cure or vaccine for Coronavirus, however, research and clinical trials are under way. The dissemination of such articles serves two purposes: 1. Mislead the public; 2. Benefit the Georgian “doctors” financially.
The article by Alia includes a hidden advertisement of Gia Nadareishvili’s medicines and his homeopathic center. Moreover, at the end of the article by Tvalsazrisi.ge, there is a link redirecting to the Facebook page of Zurab Kumsishvili Center and includes its contact information.
The reports about the cure are not true, as the offered medicaments have not been tested and there exists no scientific research that would confirm the efficiency of the medicaments in treating Coronavirus.
What do we know about an antidote and a vaccine against COVID-19?
On March 14, it was reported that researchers from Erasmus University Medical Center and Utrecht University discovered an antibody to the virus causing COVID-19 that can possibly be used in the process of creating the antidote.
On March 16, the first stage of clinical research of the Coronavirus vaccine was launched in Seattle, U.S. According to the information disseminated by the United States National Institutes of Health, one of the volunteers has already received the initial trial vaccine. Overall, 45 healthy volunteers aged 18-55 will take part in the study that will last approximately six weeks.
Prepared by Tamar Khmiadashvili
Myth Detector Lab