“Disease X” epidemic preparedness event sparks conspiracy theories

A World Economic Forum meeting about global preparedness for “Disease X” caused some on social media to speculate that the event is part of a plan to launch a disease more deadly than COVID-19. Social media posts expressed distrust of the World Health Organization, and some users claim that Disease X was created to force new vaccines on the public.

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