Piers Corbyn has faced a backlash on social media today for a string of tweets claiming that the coronavirus pandemic was created by “mega-rich control freaks”.
The astrophysicist targeted billionaires Bill Gates and George Soros in a lengthy "conspiracy theory" that the Covid-19 outbreak was designed to control population.
He angered many Twitter, with his remarks being branded "nonsense" and a "danger to society".
Mr Corbyn, 72, had urged people to “refuse the vaccine”, claiming that a potential coronavirus vaccine would contain “poison” in order to “cut populations”.
He wrote: “THE CV PANDEMIC WAS SIMULATED OCT 2019 BY MEGA-RICH CONTROL FREAKS BILL GATES, GEORGE SOROS +CRONIES.
“NOW IT'S FOR REAL.
“THE AIM IS A WORLD POPULATION CULL ("PEOPLE cause #CO2 problem") by THEIR mass VACCINATION PLAN CONTAINING POISON.”
Mr Corbyn, who is also a climate change denier, went on to attack warnings by environment activists that behaviour must dramatically change to effectively tackle climate change.
He argued that the “aim” of coronavirus was to undermine calls to “end your way of life” in the face of climate change and to decrease the population instead.
One Twitter user said they had reported Mr Corbyn's account, saying: "His time line is full of lies and it is dangerous. He needs to be got off social media."
Coronavirus has so far killed 36 people in the UK and infected more than 1,000 - Boris Johnson has described it as the "most significant public health crisis for a generation".
Former chief scientific adviser Sir Mark Walport said the UK is several months away from a vaccine.
He said: “Vaccines are being developed at a very fast rate so there are a number of candidates: large companies, small companies, universities all working.
“The challenge here is to make sure the vaccine is safe and it works, and unfortunately, that takes a period of time to do so realistically."
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