New research has shown that more than 25% of Americans and 44% of Republicans believe an extravagant conspiracy theory that Bill Gates plans to use a Covid-19 vaccine to implant microchips in humans.
The survey, conducted by Yahoo News and YouGov, questioned 1,640 Americans about the conspiracy theory between May 20 and May 21.
Some 28 percent of American adults who participated said they believed this widely denied theory. 32% of them were unsure, but 40% thought it was wrong.
An extravagant conspiracy theory involving Bill Gates and the Covid-19 vaccine has gained ground among Republicans in the United States.
Meanwhile, 44% of those identified as Republican thought it was true, 31% were unsure, and 26% believed it was false.
In contrast, 19% of Democrats believed in the conspiracy theory about Bill Gates, who, in addition to his business ventures, is well known for his public health philanthropy. A majority of Democrats (52%) were able to identify the theory as false while 29% were unsure.
Conspiracy theorists wrongly claim that Gates is using the Covid-19 pandemic as a way to push a vaccine that includes a microchip capable of tracking people, and therefore the world’s population.
Some conspiracy theorists even go so far as to say that he plans to eradicate 15% of the world’s population with the hypothetical vaccine.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has never proposed or funded research into the development of a vaccine – for Covid-19 or otherwise – that includes the injection of a tracking or monitoring device.
Although the charitable foundation funded a pilot study, conducted by MIT and Rice University, on a possible vaccine delivery device that could “confer an invisible mark detectable by a smartphone”, it was entirely theoretical and did not wouldn’t have been able to follow or monitor.
Conspiracy theory, which has gained ground online, cites this study in combination with another concept that Gates is actively researching called “digital identity,” which could involve storing medical records and identification documents in the cloud. personal information of a person – accessible only with the owner’s consent.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vaccine spokesperson who helped popularize unsubstantiated claims that vaccines can cause autism, said Gates’ work gives him “dictatorial control of politics of global health ”.
Roger Stone, former adviser to President Donald Trump, went further on a radio show in New York City, saying that Gates and other globalists “use the coronavirus” for mandatory vaccinations and microchips. “
While it may be easy to fire those who believe in conspiracy theory, such widespread acceptance could have dangerous consequences.
Finding a vaccination against Covid-19, which has killed more than 345,000 people worldwide according to Johns Hopkins University, and now more than 100,000 people in the United States alone, is considered to be the most effective and effective in ending the pandemic.
However, if people are convinced that they do not want vaccination because of their belief in conspiracy theory, they will not be protected from the virus. The more people who are unprotected, the more it will spread and the more people it will kill.
A concrete example of this happened in South Africa. False rumors that Gates hoped to test an experimental vaccine in the country have become common after an information site falsely reported the request. One of the country’s political parties then sent a letter to President Cyril Rampahosa asking for answers on the “deals” with Gates.
In fact, Gates and his wife are funding a vaccine trial in Philadelphia and Kansas City, Missouri, not in South Africa. He also suggested creating a database of people immunized against the virus, not implanting microchips.
Melinda (left) and Bill Gates together lead the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has made a significant contribution to the fight against disease in the developing world
Thanks to the foundation managed with his wife Melinda, Bill Gates has long championed vaccines, especially for developing countries. So far during the pandemic, he has committed $ 300 million to fight Covid-19, and even warned the world of the dangers of a pandemic as early as 2015.
The investigation highlights the speed at which conspiracy theories can spread when perpetuated online, and this theory about BIll Gates is one of many surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.
Another is the baseless theory that 5G spreads the virus, which has led to vandalization of up to 80 cell towers in the UK. Another example of misinformation is that around hydroxychloroquine.
The YouGov and Yahoo survey found that nearly half of Trump’s voters (49%) and 44% of Republicans believe that hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for coronavirus, despite numerous studies claiming that it is not the case, and could actually put people in more danger of succumbing to the virus.
Health professionals say misinformation about vaccines could be fatal if it leads people to opt for bogus treatments instead
The pandemic has also generally exacerbated the already important anti-vaccination – or Anti-Vaxxers – movement, which peddled misinformation about coronavirus vaccines before one was successfully created.
Opponents of vaccines have made several unsubstantiated claims, including claims that vaccine trials would be dangerously rushed or that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, was blocking treatments to enrich vaccine manufacturers.
Opponents of vaccines in the United States have been around for a long time. Their claims range from relatively modest safety concerns about specific vaccines or the risk of side effects to conspiracy theories that border on the bizarre, such as Bill Gates’ theory.
The movement is receiving renewed attention, especially as it aligns with groups loudly protesting against restrictions on daily life aimed at controlling the spread of the virus.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, vaccine skeptics have adapted several long-standing claims about vaccine safety to adapt to the current outbreak. When the first US case was announced in January, some alleged that the coronavirus had been manufactured and that patents could be found online
Opponents of the vaccine have made several baseless claims, including allegations that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, is blocking treatments to enrich vaccine manufacturers and Mircosoft founder Bill Gates ( left) has a secret microchip plot around the world
Healthcare professionals say misinformation about vaccines could have deadly consequences if it leads people to opt for bogus treatments instead.
“Only a coronavirus vaccine can really protect us from future epidemics,” said Dr. Scott Ratzan, a doctor and medical disinformation expert at City University of New York and Columbia University. “But what if the effort succeeds and a large number of people decide not to get vaccinated or to vaccinate their children? “
While vaccines against diseases such as polio, smallpox and measles have benefited millions of people, some skeptics reject science, citing distrust of modern medicine and government. Others say that the mandatory vaccine requirements violate their religious freedom.
Rita Palma, the leader of the Long Island anti-vaccine group called My Kids, My Choice, is among those who say their families will not get the coronavirus vaccine.
“Many of us are anxious about being forced to get vaccinated,” said Palma. “I will never choose to have a COVID-19 vaccine. I don’t want the government to impose it on my community or my family. “
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, vaccine skeptics have adapted several long-standing claims about vaccine safety to adapt to the current outbreak. When the first American case was announced in January, some alleged that the coronavirus had been manufactured and that patents could be found online.
Thousands of deaths later, opponents of the vaccine approve the unapproved treatments, question medical experts and raise fears of compulsory vaccinations. They also seized protests against home stay orders in the United States.
“The coronavirus has created this perfect storm of misinformation,” said David A. Broniatowski, associate professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University, who has published several studies on vaccine misinformation.