Bill Gates, billionaire philanthropist and founder of Microsoft, has found himself in a unique position of late, as online conspiracy theorists continue to suggest that his interest in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is some nefarious plan to rule the world.
In fact, one theory that has been repeatedly bandied about suggests that Gates is actually working to insert secret microchips into the vaccines as a way to control or track the American population.
And while this is certainly a stretch, (to say the least), that doesn’t account for the latest strange twist to the tale that Gates provided this week.
Bill Gates, one of the world’s richest men and most powerful philanthropists, was the target of criticism from social justice campaigners on Sunday after arguing that lifting patent protections on COVID-19 vaccine technology and sharing recipes with the world to foster a massive ramp up in manufacturing and distribution — despite a growing international call to do exactly that — is a bad idea.
Directly asked during an interview with Sky News if he thought it “would be helpful” to have vaccine recipes be shared, Gates quickly answered: “No.”
Gates then tried to explain his stance, but only made things worse.
Asked to explain why not, Gates — whose massive fortune as founder of Microsoft relies largely on intellectual property laws that turned his software innovations into tens of billions of dollars in personal wealth — said: “Well, there’s only so many vaccine factories in the world and people are very serious about the safety of vaccines. And so moving something that had never been done — moving a vaccine, say, from a [Johnson & Johnson] factory into a factory in India — it’s novel — it’s only because of our grants and expertise that that can happen at all.”
This sent social media users into a frenzy, with many suggesting that Gates’ unwillingness to share these recipes with certain factions would create a disparity in vaccinations between the poor and the rest of the world, with some users even going so far as to declare the move “eugenics”.
Just so we're all clear, this is eugenics and Bill Gates is not a good person https://t.co/FHgNoqf22n
— Yes, You're Racist (@YesYoureRacist) April 26, 2021
If you've spent any amount of time looking into Bill Gates history with eugenics, this is less than surprising. He's supported unethical sterilization and is now supporting genocide. https://t.co/nZMnH43SqL
— bex (@bxtskr) April 26, 2021