Disinfo: Pharmaceutical multinationals will block investigations into why COVID-19 has caused more deaths in Lombardy than in the rest of Italy


While Italy’s central and southern regions were hit by COVID-19 in an apparently less severe way, in the North the mortality rates were so high that local governments and the national government were thrown into profound panic. The Lombardy region was so severely scourged by COVID-19 that hospitals went haywire and doctors and nurses were plunged into desperation. It is doubtful that an investigation will be conducted into the deep reasons for this abysmal difference between the COVID-19 death rates in Lombardy region and in other regions in Italy. Such an investigation would challenge enormous interests, first of all the interests of pharmaceutical multinational corporations which produce vaccines. It would also challenge the interests of Italy’s political class, both of the right and of the left, which seeks to maintain its power.



Conspiracy theory; no evidence given to support the article’s claim that multinational pharmaceutical companies wish to hide the truth and prevent any investigation into why Lombardy was so hit so much more severely than other Italian regions. The article suggests  that  vaccination campaigns conducted in Lombardy  before the outbreak of COVID-19 are the real reason why COVID-19 has caused many more deaths in the Lombardy region compared  to other Italian regions.

These messages are consistent with  the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign about the coronavirus and attempts to push false health information, in this case promoting anti-vaccine messaging, which is also a recurring element of pro-Kremlin disinformation. The article merges the familiar pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about a "Shadow Government" of all-powerful groups ruling the world with anti-vaccine messaging in context of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that vaccines are just a profit-driven ploy by "Big Pharma".

Vaccines are supported by extensive scientific research. They are the main tool for primary prevention of disease and one of the most cost-effective public health measures available, saving millions of people from illness, disability and death each year. Immunisation through vaccination is the best defence we have against serious, preventable, and sometimes deadly contagious diseases.

See more information on vaccines here. The World Health Organisation has a page devoted to anti-vaccine mythbusting  here.

Read here a similar case claiming that vaccines don’t heal and that their production is part of the agenda for a New World Order.


  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Italy
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination, WHO, Conspiracy theory


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