On Thursday, Microsoft Founder and billionaire Bill Gates denied all the conspiracy theories which are revolving all over the social media platforms that accuse him of creating the coronavirus outbreak or to implement tracking devices in people.
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, many conspiracy theories targeting Bill gates which are there all over the social media platforms and messaging apps, and these conspiracy articles have been shared thousands of times in various languages over the internet.
These include a post which claims that the FBI arrested Gates for biological terrorism or that he supports a Western plot to poison Africans, share a common thread.
Even a video accusing Gates of wanting “to eliminate 15 percent of the population” through vaccination and even that electronic microchips implemented in people; which has gained nearly two million views on YouTube or make money from selling vaccines and much more.
According to Yahoo News/YouGov survey, it is found that around 28% of U.S. adults believed a disparage conspiracy theory which accused that Gates planned to use a potential vaccine for Covid-19 to implant microchips in billions of people to monitor their movements.
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Gates and his foundation led by him and his wife Melinda have donated millions to find a vaccine for Covid-19 and treatment research. In February, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said that it was donating $100 million to vaccine research and treatment efforts for the coronavirus. This contribution was announced as part of the WHO’s request for $675 million in contributions to fight the spread of the virus.
Even in June, the foundation pledged an additional $1.6 billion to the Gavi vaccine alliance, an organization focused on efforts to immunize children amid the coronavirus pandemic. Not only that his foundation over the past 20 years has spent billions of dollars on improving health care in developing countries.
During a CNN Town Hall interview, Gates said “I’m a big believer in getting the truth out. It’s a bad combination of pandemic and social media and people looking for a very simple explanation.”
Referring to his foundation, he said, “Our foundation has given more money to buy vaccines to save lives than any group”. “So you just turn that around. You say, ok, we’re making money and we’re trying to kill people with vaccines or by inventing something,” Gates continued.
“And at least it’s true, we’re associated with vaccines, but you actually have sort of flipped the connection,” he further said. He hopes that these conspiracies don’t create any “vaccine hesitancy.