In an interview with CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell, Gates was highly critical of the USA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that lack of leadership and opening before infections were falling have led to the nation having among the world’s worst responses.
The interview was mostly serious, but O’Donnell eventually turned to the widespread conspiracy theory that Gates’ research funding has evil intent.
O’Donnell said Gates-related conspiracies have been rated “the most widespread coronavirus falsehoods that exist,” then asked Gates: “Do you want a vaccine so you can implant microchips into people?”
In the video below Gates might perhaps suppress an exasperated smirk before replying: “No. There is no connection between these vaccines and any tracking type thing, at all. I don’t know where that came from.”
O’Donnell pressed on, citing polls that find widespread belief in the conspiracy, before asking how the conspiracy started.
.@NorahODonnell: “The posts on social media about you and coronavirus are considered the most widespread coronavirus falsehoods that exist … To be clear, do you want a vaccine so that you can implant microchips into people?”
Gates: “No… I don’t know where that came from.” pic.twitter.com/f4MOP19BY6
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 22, 2020
Gates said he didn’t know before expressing frustration that his work to improve health is being misrepresented.
“We need to explain our values so that people understand why we are involved in this work and why we are willing to put hundreds or billions to accelerate the progress.
“It is a little unclear to me, but I hope it will die down as people get the facts.”
Sadly the facts are part of the problem: conspiracy theorists have interpreted the Gates-funded Event 201 – a simulated pandemic in 2019 that presciently modelled a response “to a severe pandemic in order to diminish large-scale economic and societal consequences” and chose a coronavirus as its cause – as evidence of pre-planning for the pandemic.
Please don’t go down that rabbit hole, people. The mere fact that Gates was asked to deny the theory on national television is scary enough. ®
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