For no logical reason, billionaire, philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has been one of the major targets of conspiracy theories linked to Covid-19. Leading infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci has also been a target as theorists believe they are profiting from the illness which the created to control people. Some also believe that the vaccines contain miniature microchips which will be used to keep track of people.
The only tangible link between the two is that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been one of the biggest private firms committed to stopping the virus. The foundation has so far committed $1.75 billion towards towards vaccine production, diagnostics and potential treatments.
Gates recently spoke to Reuters, where he expressed his dismay at the “crazy” and “evil” conspiracies which are rife in some corners of social media. He said, “Nobody would have predicted that I and Dr. Fauci would be so prominent in these really evil theories. I’m very surprised by that. I hope it goes away.”
He added that he hopes that people can start to educate one another very soon and try to stop the spread of these conspiracies. “But do people really believe that stuff? We’re really going to have to get educated about this over the next year and understand .. how does it change peoples’ behaviour and how should we have minimized this?”
Aside from the conspiracy theories, Gates is optimistic in the battle against Covid following the election of Joe Biden. who he believes will allow Fauci to “speak the truth” about the virus. He also praised the physician Francis Collins adding that they “sometimes felt like they were the only sane people in the U.S. government” under Donald Trump.
“I’m excited about the team that Biden has picked… and the fact that Dr Fauci won’t be suppressed,” Gates continued. Let’s just hope that under a new president that these conspiracy theories will cease spreading and doing as much damage as the virus itself.