I like that angle, "yup, the Chinese manufactured it to kill 'mericans and therefore it is your patriotic duty to get vaccinated and prove to those commies they can’t mess with us." Or "ya know the Chinses released this to block Trump election - the elderly voted at a high percentage for Trump - we need to keep every one of them we can alive until the election of '24 - every vote counts, get vaccinated"The way I sell friends on getting vaccinated when they toss the conspiracy theory bit is to play into it, I agree it is a conspiracy but that they have it wrong. It is a conspiracy to say it was naturally occurring. It was manmade is a lab to show how a common cold virus could be manipulated into a killer virus, just like the last time Coronavirus was, with SARS.
I have had a couple of friends think that one through and decide yup, probably the case and then go get vaccinated.
People with the conspiracy mindset are usually a little paranoid so you just have to refocus their paranoia.