Disinfo: WHO may be involved in a plot to reduce global population

Summary

Within the framework of “Operation COVID-19”, WHO is involved with vaccines (or rather, chemical weapons), which should reduce the population. […] The Republic of Armenia is not a country where the population can be reduced. Armenia should immediately suspend its WHO membership and abandon any “WHO-Bill Gates” programmes. Armenia must reject any vaccination programmes against COVID-19.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, about WHO, Bill Gates and coronavirus, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret elites" controlling world leaders and part of the anti-vax movement. Vaccine hesitancy is identified by WHO as one of the top ten global health threats of 2019. There is an overwhelming scientific consensus about the safety and efficacy of vaccines. See similar cases claming that Bill Gates and Co aspire to a reduction in population, that survivors will be poisoned with vaccines, or Covid-19 will allow total control of the population through forced vaccination and chips.

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  • Reported in: Issue 194
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/04/2020
  • Outlet language(s)
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Armenia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination, Bill Gates, WHO, Conspiracy theory
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Disproof

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Chinese paper: Coronavirus came out of Wuhan lab

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Disproof

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