bio·​weap·​on | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌwe-pən How to pronounce bioweapon (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Shortly into the current pandemic, the U.S. State Department issued a report saying that Russia, China, and Iran — a natural axis — were putting out a line: The coronavirus is an American bioweapon. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Dezinformatsiya," 5 Oct. 2020 Newell does not believe that the coronavirus is a hoax, or a bioweapon created by the Chinese government. Nina Jankowicz, The Atlantic, "How an Anti-Shutdown Celebrity Is Made," 3 Oct. 2020 Some QAnon followers have suggested that the pandemic was a Chinese bioweapon or that its eruption was designed in part by Democrats to derail Trump's reelection chances. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Debunked QAnon conspiracy theories are seeping into mainstream social media. Don't be fooled.," 18 Sep. 2020 These theories contended that the virus was not part of a natural spillover, but a bioweapon created in a Chinese lab. Gaia Squarci, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Virus Hunters," 10 Aug. 2020 Other baseless theories and hoaxes have alleged that the virus isn’t real or that it’s a bioweapon created by the U.S. or its adversaries. David Klepper, The Christian Science Monitor, "How a vocal minority is keeping coronavirus hoaxes alive," 30 July 2020 In wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Congress appropriated $6 billion to buy antidotes to bioweapons and the medical supplies the country would need in public health disasters. Aaron C. Davis, Anchorage Daily News, "In the early days of the pandemic, the U.S. government turned down an offer to manufacture millions of N95 masks in America," 9 May 2020 In government and academia, experts have ruled out the notion that it was concocted as a bioweapon. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Trump Officials Are Said to Press Spies to Link Virus and Wuhan Labs," 30 Apr. 2020 One conspiracy theory researchers identified online suggested coronavirus is a bioweapon created by China's government and transmitted by Chinese people. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "NYC launches team to combat coronavirus discrimination," 22 Apr. 2020

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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10 Oct 2020

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“Bioweapon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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