I believe we were. The head of the govt nudge unit described the campaign to increase fear as an egregious mistake. To me that qualifies as lying.
I also believe we were lied to about the origins of the disease, the agenda behind the covid response, the financial arrangements linking big pharma, big tech, the media and medical academia, and the vaccines.
Back in 2000, opponents of GM crops were accused of not caring about all the starving people who could be saved with the new technology. In 2001 opponents of the Afghanistan war were indifferent to the plight of Afghan women.
In 2003 opposing the Iraq war was a sure sign that you were fine with the plight of Kurds in Saddam's torture chambers. Similar for Libya and Syria.
Now in 2022, well into another massive upward transfer of wealth and power, this time under the banner of covid, questioning the rationale once again identifies you as a heartless brute who doesn't care about the victims.
The timeline for 'the iraq war' did not begin in 2003. The timeline for 'the covid pandemic' did not start in spring 2020. There is a reason that the media want to conceal the context in which these events took place.