Conspiracy theoryAfrican COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Reignite Hostile Narratives against World Health Organization

Published 6 July 2020

In May 2020, false information began spreading in several African countries that implied the World Health Organization (WHO) had mixed poison into “COVID-Organics,” an unproven herbal tonic touted across Africa as a cure for COVID-19, in an attempt to kill Africans. Tessa Knight and Kanishk Karan write for DFRLab that the narratives contributed to a conspiracy ecosystem of anti-vaxxers who frequently attack global public health efforts. The false narrative gave fuel to the ongoing conspiracy fire, resonating because it targeted an international organization — in this case, WHO ­– that is a common target for conspiracies