The US state Department has announced a grant of $250 thousand for the exposure of Russian disinformation in the health sector. The announcement of the call for applications is published on the website Grants.gov.
In accordance with the terms and conditions of the application before June 20 can provide American and foreign non-profit organizations, educational institutions or commercial structures. Applications from individuals, state authorities or local self-government, public companies will not be accepted.
In February this year the US State Department said that thousands associated with Russian accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram promote the spread of “anti-American misinformation” and conspiracy theories in connection with the pandemic coronavirus. In social networks published “virtually identical messages” that the coronavirus is the biological weapon was created by the CIA as a means of waging economic war with China.
In March, the Agency Reuters, citing an internal document of the European Union, wrote that Brussels suspects the Russian state media and Pro-Kremlin media in the conduct of a large-scale campaign of disinformation about the situation with the spread of coronavirus infection in Western countries.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded of 5.21 million, of which more than 2 million recovered, and 338 thousand died.