- Bill Gates said it is sad if conspiracy theories are preventing people from getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
- A discredited theory claims that Gates is using vaccines to implant location-tracking microchips in people.
- Gates described the conspiracy theory as ridiculous and bizarre.
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Bill Gates said it is “sad” if conspiracy theories about putting microchips in COVID-19 vaccines are preventing people from getting vaccinated.
“Regarding tracking people, I don’t know why they think I’m interested in knowing people’s locations — which I still have to laugh at — but if it’s stopping people from getting vaccinated, it’s going to be a good thing.” Sad,” Gates said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Friday.
Gates told Cooper that conspiracy theories are “fun to click” and that it can be easy for people to believe “simple explanations,” such as the claim that vaccines were only created for profit, not the rapid spread of COVID-19. To understand the complex science behind evolution. -19 vaccine.
Conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers continue to spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. Early in their development, unfounded claims about vaccines, in which Gates would use them to implant people with location-tracking microchips, prompted fierce vaccine hesitation among many Americans.
Gates has previously said that the claims were so bizarre that they are almost laughable.
“It’s almost hard to deny this stuff because it’s so silly or weird that even repeating it gives it credibility,” Gates said in 2020.
Insider’s Andrea Michelson pointed out that although the exact origin of this myth is unclear, the theory may have developed from information taken out of context, including a video that went viral at the start of the pandemic, where Syringe’s executive President Jay Walker. Maker Epiject discussed possible alternative barcode-like labels for the vaccine.
The vaccine-manufacturers did not request the use of this label, which would have been placed on the outside of the syringe and not injected into the patient. It was used to “separate the real vaccine from the fake or expired dose, and to track when injections were used.”
On Friday, he told Cooper that the theories he’s only trying to profit from the vaccine are also wrong.
“We’ve given billions for vaccines and saved millions of lives. If you turn it upside down and say no, we’re trying to make money from vaccines, you know, not trying to save lives.” Well, it’s a popular conspiracy theory,” he said.
While vaccine hesitation in the US had subsided, Gates said the US “still has a lower absolute vaccination rate than many other countries,” and the country needs to figure out ways to reach individuals who are still are in doubt.
Gates said, “Are they open-minded? Because it’s for the benefit of them and the people around them, so I wonder America, it’s been so hard, and, you know, even Somewhat a political thing as well.”