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  • January 27, 2021
  • Bill
    Gates says he is “very surprised” by the “really evil
    theories” swirling around the pandemic about him and Dr Anthony Fauci.
  • Gates
    says conspiracy theories have likely spread because of the combination of a
    frightening viral pandemic and the rise of social media.
  • Since
    the pandemic began a year ago, conspiracies have spread over the internet,
    fuelling misinformation about the coronavirus.


LONDON
– Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates says he has been taken
aback by the volume of “crazy” and “evil” conspiracy
theories about him spreading on social media during the Covid-19 pandemic, but
said on Wednesday he would like to explore what is behind them.

In
an interview with Reuters, Gates said the millions of online posts and
“crazy conspiracy theories” about him and about top US infectious
disease expert Anthony Fauci had likely taken hold in part because of the combination
of a frightening viral pandemic and the rise of social media.

Gates said:

“I’m
very surprised by that. I hope it goes away.”

Gates,
a billionaire who stepped down as chairman of Microsoft Corp in 2014, has
through his philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation committed at least
$1.75 billion to the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic. That includes
support for some makers of vaccines, diagnostics and potential treatments.

Since
the pandemic began a year ago, numerous conspiracies have spread over the internet,
fuelling misinformation about the coronavirus, its origins and the motives of
those working to fight it.

Excited about Biden

They
include claims that Fauci and Gates created the pandemic to try and control
people, that they want to profit from the virus’ spread, and that they want to
use vaccines to insert trackable microchips into people.

“But
do people really believe that stuff?,” Gates asked.

He continued: 

Gates
praised Fauci and Francis Collins, head of the US National Institutes of
Health, as “smart” and “wonderful people”, and said he
looked forward to seeing them able to work effectively and speak the truth
under the new administration of President Joe Biden.

During
former president Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, Gates said, it had
“sometimes felt like they were the only sane people in the US government”.

“I’m
excited about the team that Biden has picked” to tackle the health crisis,
Gates said.

Gates
said he was also pleased that under Biden, the United States has rejoined the
World Health Organisation (WHO), and “that he’s appointed smart people,
and the fact that Dr Fauci won’t be suppressed”.


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