London: Microsoft co-founder-turned philanthropist Bill Gates said he was surprised by the amount of “crazy” and “sinister” conspiracy theories about its spread on social media during the Covid-19 epidemic, but said on Wednesday he wanted to find out what Behind them.
In an interview with Reuters, Gates said that millions of online posts and “crazy conspiracy theories” about him and US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci have been partly entrenched by a combination of a terrifying viral epidemic and the rise of social relationships. Half.
“No one would have expected that Dr. Fauci and I would be so prominent in these really sinister theories,” Gates said.
“I’m so amazed at it. Hope it goes away.”
Gates, the billionaire who stepped down from Microsoft Corp’s chairmanship in 2014, has committed through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide at least $ 1.75 billion in the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This includes support for some vaccine manufacturers, diagnostics and potential treatments.
Since the pandemic began a year ago, millions of conspiracies have proliferated online, feeding misinformation about the coronavirus, its origins, and the motives of those working to combat it.
They include claims that Fauci and Gates created the pandemic to try to control people, that they want to take advantage of the spread of the virus, and that they want to use vaccines to introduce microchips that can be traced back into people.
“But do people really believe these things?” Gates asked.
“We will really have to educate about this over the next year and understand … how is people’s behavior changing and how should we reduce it?”
Excited about Biden
Gates praised Vuci and Frances Collins, president of the US National Institutes of Health, as “smart people” and “cool people,” and said he looked forward to seeing them able to function effectively and speak the truth under the new administration of President Joe Biden. .
Gates said that during former President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, “I sometimes felt that they were the only rational ones in the United States government.”
“I’m excited about the team that Biden chose” to tackle the health crisis, Gates said.
Gates said he’s also happy that in the Biden era, the United States has rejoined the World Health Organization, “he has named smart people, and the fact that Dr. Fauci will not be suppressed.”