Several social media posts are spreading bogus conspiracy theory in regards to the Wuhan coronavirus, allegedly claiming that the virus was patented, with its vaccine readily available.
The posts claimed that there was a patent for the coronavirus which was filed in 2015 and granted in 2018. Some even suggested that it was made in a lab along with its vaccine.
According to a report on FactCheck.org — one of several organisations working with Facebook to debunk misinformation shared on social media — these claims are not true as the referred patents pertain to different viruses.
The report highlighted that all of the posts linked to patents that are related to two different viruses in the coronavirus family.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on its website, explains that coronaviruses are a group of viruses that tend to cause respiratory illnesses in humans and a variety of other illnesses in animals.