Despite pouring billions into global healthcare, Bill Gates became the voodoo doll of COVID-19 conspiracy theorists.
“Conspiracy theories are about accusing powerful people of doing terrible things.”
Prof. Joseph Uscinski of University of Miami, a political scientist and an author of books on conspiracy theories, told the BBC.
“Before Bill Gates, it was George Soros and the Koch Brothers and the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers.”
“The theories are basically the same, just the names change.”
Back in 2015, the philanthropist magnate, Bill Gates forewarned the TED conference audience in Toronto:
“If anything kills over 10 million people over the next few decades, it is likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war.”
This ominous warning fell on deaf ears despite the coverage at the time.
Now the talk generated millions of views and also led to numerous and some outlandish accusations against the Microsoft founder.
Some accuse him of making vaccines mandatory or worse, trying to implant microchips into people.
“I’m kind of surprised some of it is focused on me. We are just giving money away, we write the cheque… and yes we do think about let’s protect children against disease but it is nothing to do with chips and that type of stuff. You almost have to laugh sometimes.” said Bill Gates in an interview with the BBC.