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As scientists race to understand the omicron variant, misinformation has already sprinted ahead

Posted on AllSides December 12th, 2021
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(Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg News)

In July, a fake slide deck with the logos of the World Health Organization and the World Economic Forum purporting to show a schedule for when coronavirus variants would be “released” rocketed around social media, racking up thousands of likes on Twitter and Instagram.

Anti-vaccine influencers posted the image, citing it as proof that the pandemic was orchestrated by powerful interests, and that new variants of the disease were all part of a shadowy plan.

Fast forward to the end of November, when South African scientists identified the omicron variant and warned...

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