A conspiratorial video that gives false information has been seen more than three million times on social networks. The man who published it is very involved in the “yellow vests” movement. Facing the camera, for twenty minutes, he explains that he found a document which would prove that the coronavirus was manufactured in France, invented by researchers from the Pasteur Institute. It shows a European patent filed in 2004. “This is what is killing us today. I incriminate no one. I'm not here for that. On the first page are the inventors. They took two viruses. Everything is indicated “, he says.
As often in conspiracy theories, it starts from a real document. The patent does exist. But man misinterprets it. The video was so successful that the Pasteur Institute was forced to deny it on its website. This document is a patent for a vaccine, not a virus. It is actually the 2003 coronavirus, Sars-CoV-1, and not the current coronavirus, Sars-CoV-2.