- Bill Gates said conspiracy theories would be tragic if they stopped people from getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
- According to an untrustworthy theory, Gates is using vaccines to implant location-tracking microchips into people.
- Gates called conspiracy theories ridiculous and bizarre.
Bill Gates said it would be “tragic” if conspiracy theories suggesting he microchips his COVID-19 vaccine would keep people from getting vaccinated.
“It’s tracking people, and I don’t know why people think I’m interested in knowing where people are,” Gates said. “I still have to laugh. But if you stop people from getting vaccinated, that’s tragic.” in an interview with CNN Anderson Cooper on friday.
Gates said Cooper’s conspiracy theories are “fun to click” and “believing in “simple explanations” such as claiming that vaccines are made only for profit could be easier than understanding the complex science behind the rapid advances in COVID-19. Said there is a -19 vaccine.
Conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccine opponents continue to spread misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. Early in development, unsubstantiated claims that Gates would be using people to implant location-tracking microchips led to increased resistance to the vaccine among many Americans.
Gates has previously said the argument is so bizarre that he can almost laugh.
As Gates said in 2020, “it’s almost hard to deny this because it’s so stupid or weird that it gives you credibility over and over again.”
Insider’s Andrea Michaelson reports that the exact origins of this myth aren’t clear, but the theory may have evolved from information taken from context, including a video that Syringe’s chairman Jay Walker caused word of mouth in the early days of the pandemic. Manufacturer Apiject discussed potential optional barcode-like labels for vaccines.
The vaccine manufacturer did not require the use of this label, which would have been attached to the outside of the syringe and would not have been injected into the patient. It would have been used “to distinguish genuine vaccines from counterfeit or expired doses and to track when injections were used.”
On Friday, he told Cooper that the theory that he was trying to profit from the vaccine was also incorrect.
“We gave billions of dollars to vaccines and saved millions of lives. If you flip it over and say no, we’re making money with the vaccine, not saving lives,” he said.
Although hesitation about vaccines has diminished in the US, Gates said the US “still has a lower percentage of fully vaccinated than many other countries”. Countries still need to find a way to reach out to skeptical individuals.
“Are they open minded? It’s surprising that America is in such a difficult situation because it benefits them and those around them,” Gates said.