DISINFO: Covid was created to distract people’s attention from the collapse of the financial system
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DISINFO: Covid was created to distract people’s attention from the collapse of the financial system


Covid was created to divert attention from the systemic collapse of the financial system. The data relating to Covid is manipulated to project false numbers of cases and deaths with the complicity of Western mainstream mass media in order to induce psychological panic in the population and to turn off its thinking.


Recurring disinformation narrative about the Covid-19 pandemic and censorship and control of the media in the West.

Coronavirus infection, protection and prevention measures, including vaccination, are presented as part of a strategy to distract people from the collapse of the financial system.

The pandemic is not “fake”: it is a real, global health emergency that has caused millions of deaths worldwide due to the Sars-CoV-2 virus.

Also, Western media host a wide range of political opinions. Media in pluralist democracies are not controlled and censored by the state as happens in authoritarian regimes.

Despite the fact that COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for a better global financial safety net that provides more protection for emerging market and developing economies, this does not mean that the financial system has started to collapse and that the pandemic has been used to distract people’s attention from this.

The IMF and ECB have both responded to the coronavirus crisis with unprecedented speed and magnitude of financial assistance to member countries, especially to protect the most vulnerable and set the stage for inclusive and sustainable recovery.

Read similar cases claiming that the Western campaign against COVID-19 aims to impose control over society, that the COVID-19 pandemic serves the agenda of authoritarian control over democratic countries and that as a result of anti-COVID policies, Italy and other states wage war against their own people like Nazis.

See our Special Reports on COVID-19 disinformation and manipulation here.


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