A video was posted on YouTube on April 16 suggesting that coronavirus is a bait to force the injection of a "mandatory vaccine" and of microchips in humans. The video quickly garnered millions of views, despite YouTube's promise to combat misinformation associated with COVID-19. The video was published by The Next News Network, a YouTube channel that deals with conspiracy theories and is known for publishing
suspicious and untrue information. In just four days, the video had surpassed 4 million views. The video with the interview by Dr. Rashid Buttar, who in a HuffingtonPost
report is presented as an osteopath
, was widely discredited
, although it became news in Kosovo as well. Various Albanian-language media outlets reported on the interview, titled "The American Doctor Shows the World, Reveals the Truth of Koronavirus: No One Has Died, They Are Manipulations, The Vaccine Will Kill Us".
The video quickly went viral in Kosovo, reaching thousands of shares on Facebook.