This site claims to offer 1000000 € for a scientific demonstration of the existance of Corona virus.

An excerpt from the site : "The money from the PayPal Isolat Fund (total 11,250 EUR) will be repaid to the donors in the coming weeks. The currently advertised EUR 1 million will be borne entirely by the Samuel Eckert team. Thank you for your commitment!"

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    I don't think the mere existence of a website with an unclear text passes the bar for notability here. Commented Apr 14, 2021 at 10:25
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    @Matko The existence of the SARS-CoV2 virus and the fact that it causes COVID-19 has been proven beyond any kind of reasonable doubt. There is nothing more to do, the virus has been "isolated" as far as it is useful to perform scientific studies, but this will never be enough for denialists like this, they just continue to define "isolation" in increasingly narrow and specific ways that you can never meet.
    – Mad Scientist
    Commented Apr 14, 2021 at 10:29
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    @MadScientist Samuel Eckert is somewhat notable in germany (as a conspiracy theorist). But this question doesn't seem a good fit here. What is really being asked? If Samuel Eckert says that he is offering a 1m reward? His website is already proof of that. If he is actually going to pay that? I mean, he's not, but how would we provide evidence of that?
    – tim
    Commented Apr 14, 2021 at 10:35
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    Offering money on your website, and actually paying that money are very different things. Nobody is going to do any work to claim this prize, because they don't believe it will actually be paid. It's like this website at which you can "pledge" random amounts of money to a non-existent remake of a film that some people didn't like.
    – IMSoP
    Commented Apr 14, 2021 at 11:17
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    There is no evidence that anyone regards this claim as being (to the least degree) plausible.
    – Nigel J
    Commented Apr 14, 2021 at 12:43

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This is a trick developed by Stefan Lanka, who is a close associate of Samuel Eckert. He has already created an identical reward for isolation of the measles virus. Under German law, they do not actually have to pay the reward.

The vaccination opponent was right, for formal reasons. The sponsor wanted a single piece of work with the evidence, but the plaintiff had delivered several publications that only provided evidence in total. Hence: "The appeal is essentially granted."

They demand only a single experiment to prove everything, but obviously, even if you show them the entire structure of the virus, they would want further proof that it's the same virus that makes people sick. Science relies on collaboration and independent verification and a single experiment would never suffice as proof that the virus is the same one circulating in the general population. Therefore, they will never have to pay.

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    @Matko It's not too much too ask, and it has been isolated, of course. reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-isolated-idUSKBN28E2SB Commented Apr 14, 2021 at 12:19
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    @Matko I don't understand what you are trying to say. Commented Apr 14, 2021 at 13:45
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    I think it takes a far greater work of gymnastics to believe that every single scientist, gov't worker and reporter in the world is lying to you, and only this one guy and his unachievable award is the truth...
    – Avery
    Commented Apr 14, 2021 at 14:11
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    @Matko Googling "Sars-CoV-2 isolated" should provide you with enough research material. Commented Apr 14, 2021 at 15:24
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    I don't think so. Because isolated apparently doest also mean purified.
    – Matko
    Commented Apr 14, 2021 at 18:58

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