Viral posts question COVID-19 variant’s origin and the need for boosters

Many widely circulated social media posts cast doubt on new and emerging COVID-19 variants and the recent surge in infections. Some of these posts speculate that talk of a new COVID-19 wave is related to upcoming elections, while others claim it’s tied to declining profits for pharmaceutical companies. A popular conspiracy radio host claims that the U.S. government is preparing to bring back all pandemic restrictions, a claim several sitting members of Congress have repeated.

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